Diary of Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels
JUNE MONDAY 25 1917
Went before the Military Affairs Com. with Baker on bill to appropriate 600 mil. dollars for aviation, we both opposed a new cabinet place for that, why not Secretary for Artillery? said Baker.
Council of National Defense to discuss organization and suggest men as Munition Board & get quicker action in purchasing -No action Difficult to find men to fill bill-
Capt. Volney Chase found dead- With[ou]t fear & with[out] repro[a]ch
Council – I presided-
Denman and Shipping Board present. Expected an airing of differences but not So. They were in harmony – Denman & Redfield opposed Navy taking over ships to carry troops to Europe. Denman said all British troops were transported by merchant captains & crews, I doubted if officers & crew, capable, could be found- Silent
afte at meeting: After meeting [a]greed with me-
McAdoo about the Purchsg Com. He favrd
Mayo wants to go to England with his staff
Source Note: D, DLC-MSS, Josephus Daniels Papers, Diary, Roll 1.