A Sad Ending
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A SAD ENDING
from the Victoria Daily Colonist, 13 Jan 1904, pg.8

One of Those Lying Dead Here Was to Have Been Married on Arrival

The 'Clallam' disaster was a tragic end to the romance of Ed. Lennen, of Montana. According to the story told by Mr. Lennen and W.H. Grimes, of Redmond, Wash., when it first became known Friday afternoon that the 'Clallam' was leaking she was about ten miles distant from Victoria and the captain, it is said, told Mr. Grimes that it was only an hour's run. Lennen was in the company of Mrs Reynolds, his prospective bride, the two being on their way to Victoria to be married. Mrs. Reynolds became sick and went to the stateroom, and just then the cry arose that the vessel was sinking and the crew began passing out life-preservers. Mr. Lennen went to the stateroom and found two, one of which he put on Mrs. Reynolds and the other on himself.

The was about 2:30 p.m. and for a few minutes the 'Clallam' steamed ahead. In a little while the vessel came to a standstill, and about 3 o'clock the captain came to the conclusion that the boat was sinking and ordered lifeboats lowered. The order was given that women and children should be the first in the boats. One officer of the engineer's department threatened to "shoot the first man who attempted to get into the boats." The first boat lowered contained about twelve women and children and a crew of about six men, and Mrs. Reynolds got into the first boat. The boat only got away from the 'Clallam' a short distance when suddenly the boat capsized and its occupants were lost. Mr. Grimes helped to lower the second boat. This contained all the rest of the women and children, about ten, and a crew of six men.