Diary of Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels
JANUARY MONDAY 28 1918
Ellis Island. Conference with Secy Wilson over letting Navy have it. War Dept. desires. We must man 50 ships and there is no other place for us.
Col. House called. In all this talk and criticism, he said, the good condition of the Navy had saved the day. Nobody was so happy as W W
He said everybody abroad praised the alertness of the men of the Navy. Benson was easily the first man of the military men in the Council—towered over Jellico & told them what to do, & put them to doing it
Council of National Defense. Coal & food both short & shortage of both chiefly due to lack of cars & transportation Goods for abroad all rushed to NY Should go from Southern ports.
Need a Director of Shipping.
Baker heard before Senate committee.