Diary of Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels
1917 TUESDAY 30 OCTOBER
Went to capital to take part in departure over Bankhead good road through the South.
W W took up the General Board's & the Admiralty's plan of barrage across North Sea. I told W W it was very difficult, but was the only plan possible to shut off the submarines. It might cut off 1/2 & that would be important. Very costly & very difficult, but all things are possible.
Talk with Arthur Pollen, who urged that I or some man in authority go to England and France and keep the Admiralty busy on plans to win the war. He seemed pessimistic-
Lord Reading, Chief Justice of England, called to say good-bye before his departure for home to be present at the conference & give his country benefit of all he had learned here. He was downcast over Italian news & looked for a long war.
At night had long conference with Pratt and Belknap over the North Sea Barrage. Will put Belknap in charge & told him to use all diligence & he would have the whole Dept. back of him.
Long talk with Baruch—not satisfied with progress of War Industries Board.