Diary of Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels
JULY MONDAY 23 1917
Senator Nelson said a Norwegian ship really belonging to Standard Oil Company, carried oil to certain islands off Norway and supplied Germans. Though it important to look into.
Standard Oil man objected to my fixing prices for carrying oil at $4.25 per Ton “tentative price” Commandeered 10 oil ships.
Two young men with German names wished authority to speak & organize for recruits for the Navy. Naval Intelligence had them under suspicion. We have enough men now in the Navy & I sidestep.
Went to Baker’s office where talked with Pres about G & D. It was painful. “I have so many pains—it is like a tooth that hurts—you get pleasure only in pain.” Then Council of National Defense. Shipping Com. wished to know what they were to do. Said their position with Denham as chairman was intolerable. He had asked them in writing to suggest prices for carrying freight to Europe. They asked whether all ships would be commandeered or some. He did not answer—too busy. Part of the friction was due to Denham’s insistence upon just prices
Source Note: D, DLC-MSS, Josephus Daniels Papers, Diaries, Roll 1.