Secretary of the Navy John D. Long to Rear Admiral William A. Kirkland, Commandant, Mare Island Navy Yard
Navy Yard, Mare Island, Cal.
Am informed by War Department to-day that City of Pekin will not be ready until next Friday or Saturday. This Department has been urging War Department to expedite preparation of troops for Pekin in order that sailing of that vessel might not be delayed beyond fifteenth, date fixed for that vessel to be ready to leave San Francisco. It now appears that this Department, after interfering with the arrangements made by the War Department will not be able to get the Pekin off on time. What is the cause of this delay, and if extra work has been authorized, by whom was it done.
We want all to go at Eight pm the moment
Source Note: CyS, DNA, AFNRC, M625, roll 320.