Diary of Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels
NOTES FOR 1918
Spent all morning at Attorney Generals. Senator Swanson present and we discussed how to conserve the Naval [Oil] Reserves and agreed on bill giving the President power to take them all over, those in litigation as well as others, and operate them by Secty of the Navy & pay over just & equitable sums to the owners and if they demanded more for them to be allowed to go into the courts. Land office & Int. Dept. manned by Western men who think all lands & oil lands in the West ought to belong to the West and resent the idea that the Fed. Governt has any right to them. This tinges their point of view against the Governt.