Diary of Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels
1918 TUESDAY 12 FEBRUARY
Lt. Comdr Babcock, aide for Sims, talked about Sims who is very popular in Great Britain. Said he had heard much talk here that Sims was pro-English, but it was true - Sims believed in trusting our allies & was really more devoted to the French than the English- He had instructed all naval officers not to criticize what they did not approve in English or French navies- A Pay Master told him he suspected English holding back truth about oil. Sims said “Accept their statement; if they are lying it will come out to their discredit”. Supposed French were not fully co-operating. Not a word from us- Strange the feeling between allied nations- One did not know what the other was doing & a great Eng. general had said “Before this war is over, we will be fighting among ourselves”
Lansing caused a laugh by reading a message from members of Russian Mission urging US Govmt not to recognize the Bolshevik Government until Trotsky paid the ten dollars he borrowed from Mr. Crane’s cook.
Wm Bayard Hale wrote asking whether he should print the interview he had with German Emperor in 1908- Emperor praised Roosevelt and denounced England for trying to make trade agreements that would bottle up Germany
Baker read telegram from Pershing, Encouraging[.] Burleson predicted 3 years war