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25 CTS. A MOJVTH
VOL. 1. No. 18
STEAMER CLALLAM FOUNDERS
Went Down Off Victoria—Tug Richard
Holyoke Arrives Just in Time to
Rescue Eight Survivors-Tug Sea
Lion Rescues Twenty-Four Others
The Lost Includes Well Known
Tacoma People-Complete List of
the Drowned and Saved
Special to the Tacoma Times.
PORT TOWNSEND, Wash., Jan. 9.—
During a terrible storm in the Straits of
Juan de Fuca, the Puget Sound Naviga
tion company's steamer Clallam foundered
at 1:15 o'clock this morning. When she
went down the ocean tug Holyoke was
alongside of her, but in the face of the
gale that was blowing and the heavy sea
she could do nothing towards saving the
The efforts of the crew of the tug were
directed toward saving the lives of the
passengers on the steamer. Less than
one-third of them were rescued. The others
went to their death beneath the waves.
The scene was never to be forgotten by
those who survived. Men, women and
children were drowned while the waves
were dishing over the vessel on which they
Those who were strong enough to make
their way to the tug or to hold on to life
rafts until help arrived were saved, but
the great majority went down and were
seen no more.
Those who were drowned were mostly
women and children, who were too weak
to battle with the waves long enough to
hold out until help came. The crew of
the ocean tug worked like heroes to save
the drowning. The latest reports put the
number of missing and drowned at 65.
Nearly all of those who perished were
residents along the Sound. The greater
number were from Seattle, although a
number of people from Tacoma and other
cities were on the steamer when she foun
When the tug Holyoke located the Clal
lam last night she was in a sinking con
dition, between Smith's island and Dun
geness spit. The passengers were huddled
in the cabins.
It was a hard task to get a line aboard
the Clallam. The steamer was sinking rap
idly and had been in a sinking condition
The tugs Holyoke and Sea Lion reached
here thiß morning with 32 passengers, sur
vivors of the wrecked steamer. They were
put on board the steamers Garland and
Dirigo and are now on their way to Se
attle. The^ will probably reach there
about 6 o'clock.
When the Clallam foundered the Sea
Lion was near the Holyoke and rescued a
large number. The Sea Lion had 24 pass
engers on board when she reached here
and the Holyoke eight.
Nearly every woman and child on the
steamer was lost.
There were 56 listed passengers on the
steamer and she carried a crew of 32 men.
It is believed, however, that there were a
few more on board the boat, as there
generally more passengers on board than
those who have registered.
The total number of people on the boat
is estimated at about 95.
According to the story told here, the
accident to the Clallam resulted from the
breaking of the deadlights in her portholes.
The heavy seas struck the lights with ter
rific force and the glass waa broken.
The water ruahed in through.the open
portholes and it was but a short time
before the fires under the boiler* were
The Tacoma Times.
extinguished. The hold was rapidly fill
ing when the vessel hoisted her sails and
attempted to make headway.
Later.—The exact location of the wreck
is now said to be eight miles north of
Protection point. The vessel took the
final plunge at 1:15 o'clock this morn
PORT TOWNSEND, Jan. 9.—Tfce
steamer Clallam foundered shortly after
midnight this morning a short distance
from Smith's island, about 15 miles from
The vessel reached within eight miles of
Victoria, when the heavy seas broke in her
deadlights and the water rushed in. ThU
put out the fires under the boilers. Three
boats were launched and filled principally
with women and children.
Two of these boats were seen to founder,
all aboard being drowned.
The third is thought to have shared th«
.The steamer drifted helplessly until ',
o'clock p. m., when the tug Holyoke, sent
from here, came to her assistance and took
the Clallam in tow.
The passengers and crew had in the
meantime hove the cargo overboard and
kept three lines of men bailing the steam
er with buckets, thus keeping about even
with the incoming rush of water.
After the Clallam was taken in tow the
water came in faster than before, ana
about 1 o'clock she went on her beam
enda and filled.
The tug Sea Lion arrived meanwhile and
the two tugs set about saving life.
Thirty-one survivors were picked up
from the steamer and from planks and
rafts and brought here this morning at
Captain Roberts and the officers of the
Clallam, who stayed with the steamer to
the last, were all saved.
Captain Roberts says he thinks he had
53 passengers and the crew, numbering 32.
The Clallam left Seattle at 8:30 o'clock
yesterday morning. When within a few
miles of Victoria, off Clover point, at 3:45
o'clock in the afternoon, she was sighted.
At first it appeared that Bhe was at an
chor, but soon it was evident that she
had broken down and was drifting. A fa
vorable wind carried her pagt Trial and
Discovery rocks and when she passed the
southeast point of Vancouver island she
was on a clear course. She had her main
sail and jib set at the time.
Agent Blackwood of the steamer, at Vic
oria, could find no available tug at Vic
toria. At nightfall he secured the tug Iro
quois, which he dispatched from Sidney.
The tugs Holyoke and Sea Lion were sent
out after the Clallam from Port Town
After the Iroquoi* had.cruised for sev
eral hours in search of the Clallam she re
teurned to Victoria and reported that the
vessel had not been sighted. The tugs
Magic and Bahada joined in the search for
the disabled steamer during the evening.
The Clallam was a wooden craft and was
built at Tacoma last year, going into com
mission July 3. Since that date the has
been continuously on the Seattl«-Victoria
TACOMA, WASH., SATURDAY EVENING, JANUARY. 9 1904
run. Her general dimensions are: Length
167 feet, beam 32 feet, depth of hold 17
feet. The vessel \a licensed to carry 350
passengers and has berth accommodations
for 122. In commission she cost $100,000.
She was owned by the Puget Sound Nav
igation company. Captain George Roberts,
her maater, is well known in Tacoma.
HIS LUCKY ESCAPE.
Silas Smith, a resident of Tacoma,
thinks he is a mightly lucky man, al
though yesterday his feelings were just
the reverse. Mr. Smith went to Seattle
yesterday enroute to Victoria, and would
have been a passenger on the ill-fated
Clallam, which foundered early this morn
ing, but for the fact that he missed the
boat by a few minutes. Mr. Smith re
gards the circumstance as a very narrow
escape. He says there were a number of
Tacoma people who made the trip, but
does not know the names of any of them.
Mr. E. W. Heath, builder of the Clallam,
denied a report circulated that the steam
er was top-heavy. He says a. stauncher
built boat was never turned out of a yard
on the Sound.
Captain Carter, now of the steamer
Whatcom, but who formerly commanded
the Clallani, laughs at the idea of the
Clallam being in any way a poor sea bout,
and says that she would live in a gale
that the tugs sent to her rescue could not
LIST OP MISSING
SEATTLE, Jan. 9.—The following is a
complete list of the passengers of the ill
fated steamer Clallai.i, who are missing:
CAPTAIN C. VV. THOMPSON, Taco
MRS. ROSE. i
C. H. JAY.
R. G. CAMPBELL.
W. C. ROCKLEDGE.
G. G. JEFFS.
MRS. CHARLES COX.
W. B. GIBBONS.
MRS. R. R. TURNER.
N. P. SHAW of Victoria, owner of the
MRS. GALLETLY of Victoria, wife of
A. J. C. Galletly, manager Bank of Mont
MISS GALLETLY, Victoria, daughter
of Mr. GaUetly.
A. K. PRINCE.
C. F. JOHNSON.
MRS. SULLIVAN AND THREE
MRS. A. H. LAPLANT.
AIRS. LENORA RICHARDS.
HOMER H. SWANEY, Seattle.
CAPTAIN L. LAWRENCE, maste*
steamer Galena, of Victoria.
H. W. LAPLANT.
MRS. S. E. BOULTON.
C. G. BIRNEY.
E. F. FERRIS.
MRS. LAPLANT AND TWO CHIL
DREN. ./ . :
MRS. THOMAS SULLINS AND
MIS» ETHEL DIPROSE, nurse in the
Fannie Paddock hospital.
LIST OF SAVED
Passengers saved —T. Morrison, William
King, 11. D. Manley, Jack Sweeney, L. W.
David, John Davis, W. H. Grimes, Will
iam Laplant, Ed Lannan, Thomas Suiting,
P. Larson. ■
The Clallam carried the following offi
cers: Captain George Roberts, wife and
children in Victoria; Mate and Pilot G.
W. Downing, Seattle; Chief Engineer S.
A. Delaunay, wife and child, Seattle; Act
ing Assistant Engineer J. Smith, Seattle;
Quartermasters Harry Arnold and L.
Meyer, both single, Seattle; Purser F. C.
Freer, family in Bellingham; Freight Clerk
E. Lockwood, wife in Seattle; Steward J.
R. Watson, wjfe and son, Seattle; Customs
Officer B. H. Lehman, Tacoma.
Following is a partial list of the crew
of the Clallam. It in not known whether
all were aboard the vessel. They signed
articles at the beginning of the new year:
Seamen- 11. Sears, C. Manson, J. Jeffs,
A. McKern, J. Anderson. Firemen—O.
White, C. Maiison, S. Mattach. Oilers—
E. Parker, J. Atkins. Cooks—Toy, Ting,
Hing (all Chinese). Pantrymen -Cuing
Ling, l'orter, James Caltlwell. Waiters—
A. Davis, William Junta, George Kellcy,
A. King, A. Hudson. Mess boy—Harvey.
Members of crew saved —Captain Ueorge
Roberts, U. W. Downing, first ofiieer; S.
F. C. Freer, purser; H. Arnold, quarter
master; F. Meyer, R. (iril'lilh, seamen;
S. A. Delaunay, tirst engineer; Jamea Mat
loek, fireman; Ci. Atkins, oiler; Kthv.inl
Parker, oikr; J. R, Watson, chief stew
ard; James Coldwell, Archie King, A. Da
vis, William Jones, 11. Johnson, Toy Sook,
cook; Ting Sing, cook.
The survivors given pre those rescued by
the Sea Lion. Eight more arc known to
have bee npicked up by the tug llolyoke.
Their names have not yet been learneil.
TACOMA PEOPLE LOST
Bruno Lehman, the customs officer on
board the steamer Clallam, and reported
among the lost, was a Tacoma man and
has been connected with the customs de
partment since 1897. He was popular with
his brother officers and expressions of
grief come from them all over the news
of his death.
He married about two years ago and has
since resided at 204 North Tacoma ave
His brother, Paul Lehman, is a pho
C. W. Thompson was a mining man,
president of the Montezuma Mining com
pany and Washington Mines company, and
was also interested in the Tacoma compa
ny. Mr. Thompson was 53 years of age
and leaves to mourn his loss seven chil
dren and a wife. Yesterday morning the
deceased started from Seattle on a business
trip to the Crawfton smelter on Vancouver
island, in which his companies are inter
ested. For 15 years he had been a resi
dent of Tacoma.
G. G. Jeffs, reported among the lost on
the Clallam, formerly lived in Tacoma and
at one time attended' the public schools
here. For a time Jeffs followed the Bea.
He has a brother in Olympia in the
employ of Harris Brothers of that city.
H. U. Arnold, quartermaster on the
steamer Clallam, is well known in Ta
coma and has a brother, Burt Arnold, who
is a clerk in Theodore & French's store
on Pacific avenue.
W. C. Rockledge, one of the missing
passengers, worked a few days ago as a
painter at Wheeler & Osgood's mill. He
is well known to the employes of that
company, but little i« known of his rela
Miss Ethel Diprose, a nurse in the Fan
nie Paddock hospital, who was enroute to
Victoria to spend a vacation with relatives,
is reported among the missing of the ill
WASHINGTON, D. C, Jan. 9.—Senator
Reed Smoot's answer to the charges made
against him was made public today.
The charges are as follows: First,
that he is a polygamist; second, that he is
bound by an oath or obligation which is
inconsistent with the oath required by th»
constitution of the United States, which
was administered to him before he toox
his seat as a senator.
Senator Smoot denies both charges. He
says he was married in 1894 to Miss El
dridge, who is still his wife anil is the
mother of his children. He says he never
had any other wife or cohabited with any
other woman. He denies taking uny oth
or obligation conflicting with his duty to
He considers himself bound by the laws
of the United States, including those re
ferring to polygamy, and denies that there
is any supreme body of men in the Mor
mon church having supreme authority in
all matters concerning the followers of
that church. He also denies that the
Church of Latter Day Saints inculcates
or encourages polygamy or has since the
Woodruff manifesto in 1890.
He admits that the first president of
the church is vested with supreme author
ity in spiritual matters; also in temporal
matters as far as they pertain to the of
ficers of the church.
THEY ARE UP IN ARMS
Residents of Parker and Toppings have
petitioned the county commissioners to
compel members of the National (Juard to
desist from promiscuous shooting in that
neighborhood. They claim that citizens
panting to and fro are in constant danger
of beink killed. The matter in now IB
the hands of the prosecuting uttorney.
PARIS, Jan. 9.—The foreign office has
received confirmation of the rejMJrt that
Russia, in reply to Japan, made notable
concessions. Negotiations for a friendly
Kttl.inent are proceeding, with increased
proHpects for success.
LONDON, Jan. 9. -The Home corre
spondent of the Central News wires that
the two Japanese cruisers which sailed
from Genoa thin morning have fiftuled,
off the Island of Sardinia, in the Medi
terranean, that they are being followed
by two Russian warships.
CHINESE GRAND COUNCIL
WANTS HO HELP JAPAN
LONDON, Jan. 9.—A dispntch from
Hongkong from trustworthy noumii, ntfitos
that the OUmM grand cnuncil lion taken
n stand for Japan against Russia ami will
RUbmit the following proposition to tho
empress dowager of China:
To assume the offensive if Russia fails
(o withdraw from MHiichnria; also to make
an offensive and dcfonsivil ullianco widi
.lapan against HusHia. and government of
ficials be immediately lent to Tokio to
arrange such alliance.
PORT ARTHUR, Jan. 9.-The newspa
per Novi Krai asserts that Japan has al
ready sent a large armed force to Koivn,
disguised as immigrant*, to 1»' ready for
GENOA, Jan. 9.—-The two Japanese
Warship*, Kasaga and NinHnn, which were
recently purchased from Argentine, steam
ed eastward from Genoa this morning, un
der urgent orders. They did not stop to
SEVEN FIRES IN ONE NIGHT
Every piece of fire apparatus in Tacoma
whs turned out at some time lnst niglit.
Seven alarms were responded to by the
firemen and this morning the laddies were
pretty well tired out.
At 5:34 o'clock last evening hose wagon
No. 0 m railed to Fifteenth and V
sheets by a burning chimney. A half hour
later company No. 1 was called out by a
similar alarm from 901 North <J street,
Company No. 4 responded to an alarm
from the Donahue mill on Twenty-first
street at 7 o'clock. There they found a
hot fire burning in a slab pile. Owing to
the way the slabs were piled and the
strong wind blowing, the company had a
hard time getting theiflomes under con
trol. The put in two hours' hard work
before the fire was extinguished, and on
leaving left a line of hone laid in the yard
for use in case a lire should break out
there again during the night.
A bunting chimney at South X and
Eighi.i streets at 7:58 culled uut more ap
puna t us.
. At 9:L',') «mo the ala.m from the Hob
TAGOMA MAY LOSE COLLECTION
Negotiations arc now being carried on
with Captain Tozier of the revenue cut
ter Grant to puce the almost invaluable
collection of Alaska curios now in the
Ferry museum in ■ museum in either Chi
cago, fittsbiirg or New York. The collec
tion hus ueen in i uuoina for several years
and is a point ot interest to visitors in
this city. An etlort will undoubtedly be
made by Tueoma men to have the rare
collection left in this city.
The collection has been got together by
Captain Toaier at an expense of about
.£i;>,(juu, but it could not be purchased tot
double thii' amount. It contains 4,500 In
dian baskets of rare workmanship, l>esiden
0,1100 other curios.
I here are numberless face masks and
bouse posts or totems in the collection
that are now almost impossible to secure.
A complete index of the collection hus
never been made. A partial list of the
About 100 ancient stone ohiiall and axes.
Ancient pipe*, carved and plain, made of
-tone and jade and ivory.
Over 200 stone hammers, no two alike.
A number of ancient boxes of wood, fas
tened together with bear sinews. These
are plain, carved and painted.
A number of wooden tish dishes, Hiilti
(ieiitly large to hold a hundred gallons of
Numbers of whale and Hcul bupOOM of
ancient workmanship, flint nrrow points
ami itODM for killing game, native ammu
nition boXM, duck spears, made of wood,
botie and ivory; arrows nf all kinds ami
cases for tame, made of leather and wood;
war clubs of bone, copi>er, wood and
none; knives of shell, copper, ivory and
Ancient medicine and cooking stonea.
The latter are ■tout which, in d«y» long
before moves were thought of, were heated
in a 'ire and then dropped in water tight
baskets. In this way the long dead and
gone tribes did all their cooking.
One large racing arid t large war canoe
of old workmanship.
Carved wood and etona images.
Cooking, carrying, burden and (iHiiing
baskets, made of cedur twig*, bark, Hplit
tree rootl and grass.
Stone anil iron, tomahawks.
Ancient native rope, made of cedar bark
and linew from whale and bear.
Gambling sticks of ivory and bone, near
ly all elaborately tarred.
Ivory torture needles.
Probably the largest collection of an
cient stone lamps in existence. Cedar
bark, sticks of all kinds and toiMtimM
whale oil were burned in these. They are
WASHINGTON, T). ('., .lan. 9.— The
comptroller Of the currency was advised
this morning that the National bank of
Aha, Oklahoma, would not open it* doors. (
lie appointed Hank Examiner Btnrtevaat'
receiver, The liabilities and i eerini n>e, ac-1
cording to the November statenwnt, were
Y. M, C. A. MEETING
Rev. J. I^ewiM Smith, pastor of the
Kirnt Baptist church, wil lspeak at the
men's meeting at the Y. M. C. A. tomor
I L THI/fGSZZ
take on : ammunition '■'. or ' baggage, ■ which
had * already been '• loaded ■on •, the \ tenders.
It in liolit'vrd they will it—ITI along the
MiHlilcnani'an, awaiting (-vents. The of
fieem and crew» were intensely excited.
CHICAOO, Jan. ».—The coroner today
examined the attache* of the Iroquois thc
nler to cstalilinh a cage of grow neglect
against the management.
Charles Sweeney, the only fireman em
ployed in the theater, wag the first Wit
iu'bs. He in a mm bojr, who acts »»
■ li'aiiiHtor in the daytime. He never
woikeil in a theater before and had never
been instructed in his duties nor where
the tiie apparatus or the standpipcß were
located. Me never hod any fire experience.
Hi' dtaeovwed tlie tlaincH and tried to put
them out by (lapping theni, an no app.i
ratiiH wan available,
! inson mill, and at 10 o'clock company No.
j 3, from the North End, was called to 524
! North?, (1 street Ito put a quietus OB a
burning chimney. '' ' ,;.■■-'.:■-,;:',. -;'-jnv: ■'.
i .The only chimney fire that did any dam
age wan .at ':. the« White I, Front ■ aaloon tin
South Tacoma, , Company No. 7 responded i
to this alarm and' found a * defective flue
the cause of a small : blaze. • r '-'■-'"'
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VIENNA, Jan. 9.—A dispatch i from
Constantinople states that a telegram. wa»
.received from Armenia saying that the in
■ habitants'of Sassoun, in Turkish Armenia,
are greatly excited over the poswbilitv of
• a repetition of the ' Kurdish massacres' of
,1894; :-:.,■-. ;,;.,..,,» :i i;~ . r.
i , A numt>er of . the inhabitants ■ have fled
and panda of Kurds, who are old-time »ne
;mie» of " the Christian' Armenians, are »ta-!
' tio^ed < at. many jHiinta un till) ttOSti to^
/; prevent, the euoupe of the fugitive*.",,! .
die ciirlieHt known lampx found on thin
Fishing lines made of kelp and of hiikill
•tripi or whalebone cleverly woven to
I looks for halibut and other large Mull of
whalebone, carved wood, brand, copper and
Puddles, plain, carved and painted mid
reprarating all the known tribcß that
have lived in the Northwest.
Clothing of all Norts made of bark nnd
Two Tacoma steamers Buffered , consid
erably in the gale yesterday. ;.,,,:■■
. The Defiance, ('upturn >'■ McDowell, In
making the. landing at i De» I Moines kit
night during the storm struck:the dock.
■The port Hide of her house won partly
torn away. The extent of the damage will
be about «600. , , >..-. , , ,
The Klihu Thomson, which has been
laid up at Quartermaster harbor, P - wa«'
blown from her moorings during.the high
wind and was almost on the beach before
two anchors brought her up.
Superintendent Jonathan Smith hau
completedhit annual report of the public
library. The people of Tiicoirm H )iow their
prefereno* to light raiding. Of 115,768
liookd read, 55.8 per cent were fiction;
juvenile. 28.8 per cent; hiMory, 2.11 per
cent. Of all th« Othar many ewlMI HM
lien i-ntage varied from 1.8 per cent to .7
The St..Paul & Tucoma Lumber com*"
pany closed down its old mill ; yesterday'
lot repairs. It will reopen Tuesday morn
ing. • •;,, ;,
rom afternoon on the subject,, "Why Men
.Reject; the Gospel." Mrs. 0. 'II." Derby •
•hire, contralto of the First Presbyterian
church quartet,' wi] sing. ' ■
SPRINGFIELD, 0., Jan. 9. -The condi
tion of ex-Governor Cliarlea Foster,. who •
was stricken with paralysis last night, con
tinue* extremely critical.
Later.—Governor Foster died at 11:30
WASHINGTON, D. 0., Jan. 9.—A. di«
patch' from Admiral Coghlan, at Colon, 4
I today states that the Dixie's marine* have
I been landed. All is quiet. >•