Diary of Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels
1917 Friday 13 April
. . . Pres. agreed that I at once order work on German war ships. They are damaged and cannot easily be put in commission. The officers evidently intended to make it impossible to use them.
Knight telegraphed from China he would intern ships. We ordered him (Lansing & I) not to intern without specific orders. We have prevented revolution in China & protected people, & hope still to do so. Japs may demand to go in if we stay. Delicate question.
President appointed George Creel as Chief of Information & Lansing, Baker, & I to control. Creel went to L to sign letter whereupon L wanted it written on State Dept. paper & he sign first. Precedence!