Journal of Secretary of the Navy John D. Long
Washington, D.C., Friday, March 5th, 1898.
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The last few days have been very busy and exacting. While everything is done to maintain public tranquility, and avert war, its possibility is such that it is necessary to make every preparation for it. For that reason, have been in constant communication with Members of Congress, especially Mr. Boutelle, Chairman of the House Committee on Naval Affairs and Senator Hale, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Naval Affairs; also with representatives of foreign ship builders who offer ships for sale and representatives of the general public who, of course, are full of interest in the situation.
Source Note: Transcript, MHi, Papers of John D. Long, vol. 78.