Diary of Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels
MAY MONDAY 28 1917
Council of National Defense–discussed coal & raw material.
Talked to Swager Sherley about fortifying Fort Henry and said he had opposed it 4 years ago but since ordnance had made such progress guns could now protect. Talked to him about young man who had taken examination in the Pay Corps & stopped by my order.
At night McAdoo, Baker, Baruch &, Hoover & I went to talk with the President about the best method of purchasing for us and for the allies. It was agreed both must get the same price & price must if possible be fixed so that it would not be high & that it would be high enough to keep production[.] Hoover wanted to control food purchases & felt it necessary to have that power. McAdoo wanted B to be the purchaser for all. The President wished to find a way by which citizens should get the same price as the government. Complicated & difficult Baruch to draw a chart & meet again on Wednesday
Source Note: D, DLC-MSS, Josephus Daniels Papers. Daniels kept his diary in a daybook so the date is printed along the top.