Gathering the Dead
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GATHERING THE DEAD OF CLALLAM HORROR
from the Victoria Daily Colonist, 13 Jan 1904, pg.1

Seven More Bodies Were Found By Searchers Yesterday --- Those of Mrs. Galletly And N.P. Shaw Are Among The Number Which Were Recovered

Part of the Upper Works of The Wrecked Vessel Towed to Esquimalt --- Criticisms By Mariners of The Manner in Which Ill-Fated Ship Was Handled

Bodies Recovered
Yesterday

N.P. SHAW, of Victoria
C.H. JOY, of Barberton, Ohio
Mrs. M.J. GILL, of Dawson, Y.T.
PETER LA PLANT, of San Juan
W. CHERRETT, of Singapore
MRS. J.C. GALLETLY,
of Victoria
BRUNO LEHMAN,
of Tacoma
More victims of the 'Clallam' disaster are being given up by the sea, sweeping to and fro among the tide rips, tangled in the kelp, the water-borne bodies, awash by the belts of cork that they hoped would save their lives, the corpses are being recovered by the tugs and launches and steamers - a fleet of which were cruising the nearby waters all day yesterday. Yesterday seven bodies were added to those that have been taken from the waters, making a total to date of twenty bodies that have been recovered. The tug 'Edna Grace', which has been chartered by Mr. Bellinger, of the Crofton smelter, and which will continue to search again today, recovered three bodies, those of N.P. Shaw, of this city; C.H. Joy, and Mrs. Margaret J. Gill, of Dawson. The steamer 'Princess Beatrice', of the C.P.N., while on her way to New Westminster yesterday morning, picked up a corpse floating in the vicinity of Trial Island, which was transferred to the steamer 'Oscar' and brought to Victoria. This body was identified as Peter La Plant, of San Juan, who,
heartbroken when he saw his wife and child swept out of the lifeboat, sprang from the steamer's deck and drowned also. The steam pinnace of 'H.M.S. Grafton', which cruised all day yesterday, picked up the body of William Cherrett, an ex-bombardier of the Royal Garrison Artillery, who obtained his discharge from the regiment at Singapore in July last, and was on his way to Victoria with a letter of introduction to Mr. J. Martyn, of Rithet street. Later the pilot sloop 'Helen', on which Captains Thompson and Newby had been cruising all day, brought in the remains of Mrs. J.C. Galletly, which had been recovered off Pedder Bay, about three hundred yards from shore, drifting back seaward, entangled in a cluster of kelp and wreckage. Then 'H.M.S. Grafton return to Esquimalt with another victim, the seventh picked up yesterday, whose body had been found drifting near Race Rocks. This proved to be the remains of Bruno Lehman, customs officer of the ship.
The 'Edna Grace', chartered by Mr. Bellinger, of the Crofton smelter, to join the searching of the fleet, returned first with her flag half-mast, bearing her quota of the dead. She was met at the Enterprise wharf by the undertaker's wagons and the three bodies, which had been picked up in a tide rip, amidst a litter of kelp and strewn wreckage, with swarms of gulls circling overhead, were brought ashore. All had been found within a hundred yards of each other. The remains were soon identified. N.P. Shaw was at once recognized. The body of C.H. Joy was at first supposed to be that of Harvey Sears, the stevedore, a brother of Capt. A.A. Sears, it resembling the dead stevedore so much that relatives and most intimate friends at once took it to be the corpse of Sears, but papers found on the body showed that it was that of C.H. Joy. The remains of Mrs. Margaret J. Gill were identified by papers found on her clothing. It was at first thought that she was a Miss Gill, coming from San Francisco, as a witness on the Hopper-Dunsmuir will case, but it shown that this was not the case. Maids of Mrs. Hopper who saw the body said they did not recognize her as Miss Gill. On her the dead woman had, as well as sixty dollars in bills, a draft for five hundred dollars, and when this draft was taken to the Bank of Commerce her identity was shown. She had secured the draft there by cashing a post office check for one thousand dollars, and had given her address as Dawson City when she cashed the check. She had secured the draft and another for one hundred dollars taking the remaining $400 in bills. The draft for one hundred dollars had been cashed by her at University Place, Nebraska, which goes to show that she was traveling back from Nebraska when she met her death. C.H. Joy was a resident of Baberton, Ohio.
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