Los Angeles Times:
NEW ORLEANS IN CAMPAIGN.
Wants to Take Panama Fair from San Diego and San Francisco.
Many reasons could be given why New Orleans is not the place to hold an exposition, but one is enough to offer here. People
attend expositions, as a rule, for pleasure, and who that knows New Orleans would choose to spend a summer there?"
The approaching completion of the Panama Canal gave rise, in 1907, to a movement
to hold in New Orleans a world's exposition which would fittingly celebrate that episode, fraught with so much significance
to the commercial future of the city. The movement was unsuccessful, the National Government committing itself eventually
to an exposition at San Francisco. The suggestion insofar as New Orleans was concerned was made by T. P. Thompson,
in connection with his work as a commissioner from Louisiana to the Jamestown Exposition. Mayor Behrman endorsed the idea,
and on May 4, 1907, called a conference at the city hall, at which it was fully discussed. Four days later a committee
was appointed to develop the project, with T. P. Thompson as chairman and M. B. Trezevant as secretary.
Although Governor Sanders gave the plan his approval, the opening of the state gubernatorial campaign p562about this time made it seem wise to suspend the work, in order that the statewide exposition tax which it
would be necessary to levy if the project were to be successfully carried out, might not become a campaign issue and run the
risk of defeat. The election took place in November, and almost immediately thereafter occurred the financial disturbances
which, continuing through the following year, brought about a period of business depression in New Orleans as elsewhere
throughout the country. But in July, 1909, the exposition idea was revived; John Barrett of the Bureau of Latin American Republics
in Washington, was induced to visit New Orleans and deliver an address on trade relations with Latin America, with gratifying
results. In March, 1910, the city sent a delegation to Washington to lay the matter before President Taft, and in the following
month a public meeting was held in north of, at which plans were made to finance the preliminary work. On April 8 the
World's Panama Exposition Company was formed, which secured promises for funds aggregating nearly $8,000,000. But for
the determination of the national government to support San Francisco as the site of the exposition the project would
undoubtedly have been carried through to a brilliant success in New Orleans.8
photo, 1930s. First submarine torpedo boat, constructed during the civil war at Camp Nicholls. Donated by Camp Beauregard to Old Soldier's Home in Bayou St. John (Bayou Saint John) on December 11, 1909. at http://louisdl.louislibraries.org/u?/LWP,3985