Diary of Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels
APRIL Monday 30 1917
Admiral Gleaves complained that destroyers were taken from him & given to Sims. Then Mayo plead for him & wished him made a
Rear Vice Admiral. Never.
Council of National Defense. Houstons resolution to give President power to fix prices and make prohibition. . . . Denman wished U.S. to build ships instead of England so after the war we would have them. Opposed Schwab’s plan of building for England.
12.40: Went to see President. Talked about sending our ships to England & France & decided to send 36 & try to secure other small craft- Must act now- He did not like Com: named by L & W — all of them had fought shipping bill. . . .