Diary of Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels
1917 MONDAY 31 DECEMBER
Attorney General of Great Britain called. Very interesting man. Rodman well liked by English fleet. When he went on English Admirals ship, the Admiral said when they wished to confer, there would be no need for etiquette or writing. Rodman said “that suits me very well, for I am no pamphleteer myself.”
Conference at McAdoo’s office over freight situation, particularly as to coal. New England factories in great need of coal & must have water transportation.
Came home with Admiral Fletcher after talking work of War Industries Board & adjusting the differences between Navy & Board over tin. It turned out Navy was right and we were commended.