Diary of Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels
JULY THURSDAY 19 1917
W l Saunders-lunched-the unsinkable boat. He had a plan which he thinks would let a boat float even if torpedoed. It would reduce cargo carrying space 20-30 per cent
Attended funeral of Bo Sweeney – Cremated. He had been with me in oil fight and he & Lane were not on good terms. He refused to sign certain papers without written instructions.
Dined with Winterhalter-Mayo, Usher and others. W- said he was dined by V.P. of China, & champagne flowed. When W entertained him, he said “it is against navy regulations.” The Chinese VP said “that is very interesting to me. I would like to put it in effect in our navy.”
Usher told of Russians in N.Y. Navy Yard.After revolution, enlisted men did not salute officers & they became so lazy Usher said they let their ships get dirty & he had to tell them they must salute while they remained under American control.
Went to see Senator James & talked about the Penrose resolution. He still following his partisanship
Long conference will Tillman & Swanson Will write letter to Tillman about the
conference statement of attack of the boats given out by me on July 3rd
Ordered 20 new destroyers
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.