Diary of Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels
1918 WEDNESDAY 4 SEPTEMBER
War Dept Council – Better news from Europe & more cheer – Ships making better time & making turn-around trip quicker
Cong. Butler returned from France – saw men as heroes who before the war were not deemed worth $10 a week – He had bets that war would not end til 1920. Now he is ready to pay bets – It will end in 1919 he thinks or sooner- Confident our boys are too much for the Germans. Says his son is going next week – never expects to see him again, “but it is all right”. . . .
Ought to take over coal oil & ore
Meeting Board on Immoral Diseases & disbursing officers elected