Diary of Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels
MARCH WEDNESDAY 27 1918
The Presidents Council, includ[ing] McAdoo, Crowell & myself met at White House. Talked nitrates & decided to allocate ships to bring enough from Chili.
Shall all shipping of allies be pooled? England asked if we would give up 50-50 of Dutch & Norway ships? Will England give us 50-50 of all? Geddes said she had net loss of only 2½ mil[lion] tons – Where is her 40 mil. tons left? McCormick thought we should pool. WW [Woodrow Wilson] doubted until Stevens assured us that the suggestion of England was just –
Shall RR get usual low rates given to RRs? Or pay like others[?] McAdoo wants to furnish cars & get low rate. Garfield no. WW seemed to favor equal price to all even if RRs lost money
Source Note: D, DLC-MSS, Josephus Daniels Papers, Diaries, Roll 1.