Diary of Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels
1918 WEDNESDAY 6 MARCH
Went to see Martin and Sherley about new building for Navy Department. Clark (Frank) had written it could be built for $1.50 sq. foot. concrete. We asked for $300. We had made tentative contract for 10% on 5 mil building not to exceed $250,000 fee. Telegraphed Clarks man asking him to come on if he could do it at suggestion of Swanson Martin & Sherley. The latter said he would assume no responsibility. Wished to retire as soon as war is over. “You are surrounded by trained men who help you—I by selfish politicians who always want something.”
Council met with Baruch, new chm. War Industries Board,Hoover, Garfield, Hurley. Baruch said England had only one month supply of nitrates. France and Italy none. Serious situation. Sent for Gen. March just returned from France. He thought no lack of finished product. Inter Allied War Council feared could not hold line unless we send 90,000 men per month. He would telegraph Pershing & get fact about need of nitrates & whether 2 months waiting would seriously affect them.
Put Annapolis, Newport, Mare Island and other training stations under dry law.
Source Note: D, DLC-MSS, Josephus Daniels Papers, Diaries, Roll 1.