Diary of Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels
JULY SATURDAY 7 1917
Talked to Baruch about price of raw materials & getting steel &c for Great Britain. No conclusion
Swanson came to talk about the article of encounter with submarines- Showed him the telegrams.
Baker had a talk with the President and will call a meeting of the steel committee on Tuesday to tell them he must Know the cost of production before the price is fixed. If they cannot give right price, he will take over mills and run them and fix reasonable prices. Denman is also to be there-
Saw Denman about the ships we need to use as transports. He wanted more conversation— Baker said “D__ is impossible,” but he is honest- That’s the main thing
Mayo returned to fleet-
Rodman felt sure the submarine had been sighted off Hampton Roads.
Josephus came home, with cold, Gave him calomel
President turned over 12 German ships to Navy to be used to carry troops to France
Source Note: D, DLC-MSS, Josephus Daniels Papers, Diary, Roll 1.