Miss Harris Tried to Comfort Women Before the Catastrophe.|
When the body of Miss Harris was recovered the lips cut as though the teeth had been pressed
through in the grim struggle to retain her hold of the boat in which she was
found, but according to survivors, it seems that the brave girl was hurt while running about the
steamer trying to comfort the women and children. She ran into some obstruction and cut her
mouth. Blood was flowing from the wound when she boarded the lifeboat, and Captain Lawrence took
his handkerchief and wiped the blood away. Her father, W.J. Harris, of Spokane, arrived here
Monday by the steamer 'Rosalie' and left last night for home with the girl's body. Her mother
awaits their coming at Seattle. Miss Harris was a prominent figure of Spokane society. She was a
beautiful girl, only 21 years old, tall, with a handsome figure, brown hair and blue eyes.
Mr. Harris was told by survivors of the 'Clallam' crew that Miss Harris was one of the
most courageous persons on board the wrecked vessel. She was much noticed because of her striking
appearance, and the seamen remember her calm self-possession. When she entered the lifeboat with
other women, who were moaning with fear, she sought to nerve them with brave words, telling them
they would surely reach the shore in safety.
Miss Harris was an athletic girl and was a fine horsewomen. Her physical training and
strength showed in the death grip with which she clung to the lifeboat when nearly all its other
occupants were washed overboard by the beating seas.