Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters
RECEIVED: June 5th, 1917. TO: Admiral Sims.
You are authorized to detain Tobey.
Referring to your cablegram of June first the Department will afford you every facility which the personnel and material conditions of the Navy permit.
The material bureaus have been sent or will send technical officers.
The Department disapproves of all commissioned personnel.
You have authority to employ necessary clerical assistants.
The DIXIE is coming with the full complement.
Arrangements have been made to keep the U.S. Navy forces supplied with provisions, spare parts for repairs and fuel.
Such expenditures as may be necessary to maintain your forces in efficient condition and for any purpose connected therewith are authorized. 23004.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG45, Entry 517.