Diary of Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels
JULY TUESDAY 3 1917
Gordon Smith, newspaper correspondent from Servia, and Englishman, came with letter of introduction he said you saw Khaki everywhere in England, 1½ million soldiers on the Island with Haig calling for more, England was suffering from the fictitious fear of an invasion & leaving the most important front undefended. He maintained that Salonica was the important front and that England could have saved Servia if it had conceived the importance of helping & cutting off Germany from Turkey. Instead of recognizing its importance, England told Servia not to attack Sofia, & that she desired & was crushed by Bulgarians & Germans. Now he wishes America to mobilize all the Servs, send them Canada for training & that will save allies. Turkey would have to quit if the railroad was cut & Germany would starve.
Pres W.W. sent telegram to be sent to Sims. He wanted offensive in submarine warfare & merchant ships to be convoyed. I wrote that England had decided to convoy.
Worth went to Hospital for operation
News came that last ship convoying troops to France had arrived after heavy attack by submarines. One submarine sunk & probably others
Spent evening with Worth
Source Note: D, DLC-MSS, Josephus Daniels Papers, Diary, Roll 1.