Diary of Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels
JULY SUNDAY 15 1917
Mayo came in – meeting of Board of Selection.
Council of National Defense – Resolution asking Embargo Council to bear in mind that Army and Navy would need most of the iron and steel products of our mills, and to give great consideration to any license to export steel. Japan has been buying & there is report that other country would buy to hold.
Wrote letter to Tillman in re Creel story.
Sprague called at night. Pollen had made statement, or would to-morrow, that the way to defeat submarines was to make a lane & to have boats to patrol it & use small torpedoes for 150 foot boats that could send torpedoes under water to hit submarines 2,000 yards off-He believed it was the antidote. He had been looking into and experimenting with Leavitt & Bliss & believed he had found the real way to defeat submarines.
Mr. Bo Sweeney died suddenly.
Wrote a letter to Speaker Clark for $45,000,000 for air craft
Source Note: D, DLC-MSS, Josephus Daniels Papers. Daniels kept his diary in a daybook, so the date is printed along the top.