Until 1933, Josephus Daniels had been editor of The Raleigh News and Observer since before the turn of the century, interrupted only by his service as Secretary of the Navy during the Wilson Administration. In the latter capacity he was the boss of Franklin Roosevelt in his first government service as Assistant Secretary. Thereafter, F.D.R. always called the elder statesman "Chief". It is not surprising therefore that F.D.R. chose Daniels in 1933 as Ambassador to Mexico and his chief proponent of the "Good Neighbor Policy". It worked. Relations between Mexico and the U.S. had been chilly since the Pershing raids in the wake of Pancho Villa's attacks on New Mexico during the Wilson years; yet, the genial, elderly Daniels was able to foster better relations than ever before between the two sides of the Rio Grande. Daniels thus enjoyed perhaps greater authority than most ambassadors in foreign countries. Add to this his wife Addie's kinship to Mary and it is not hard to understand how the mere suggestion that Mary might prefer to cremate Cash's remains would hold powerful sway over her decision--even to the exclusion of the desires to the contrary of Cash's parents. Daniels had to arrange passage for Mary out of the country between July 2 and July 5, complicated by Wilbur having stored their passports in a safe deposit box the morning before his death. The Ambassador retired in October, 1941 and returned to his editorship, citing the ill health of his wife as the primary reason. Son Jonathan, Cash's friend and Guggenheim sponsor, would go on to serve as administrative assistant to Roosevelt between 1943 and 1945.