Diary of Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels
1917 MONDAY 16 JULY
Cabinet- Grant made Vice Admiral. “I was more foxy than you thought” said the President “in my letter to S_ His friends would say later that “Sims is original-If he had been given his way, he would have started along lines of such vigor as to win success” Now he has advised only what the English are doing, &c.
Report that I.W.W. was so determined to make trouble by burning the wheat & the President had letters wishing protection from I.W.W.’s. It was not deemed an imminent danger.
W.W. had a letter from Mr. Burnett who wanted to deport aliens who did not fight for this country or their own country. Gregory said: Their own countries should be allowed to draft them here. There are many aliens here who ought to serve in the army & who escape military duty
Complaint of partisan sectionists because many camps have been authorized in the South.
Source Note: D, DLC-MSS, Josephus Daniels Papers, Diaries, Roll 1. Daniels kept his diary in a daybook so the date is printed along the top.