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from the Victoria Daily Colonist, 13 Jan 1904, pg.8

The drowning of Homer H. Swaney, president of the Pacific Steel Company, is not yet explained. He was on the raft with Capt. Roberts and Purser Freer and it was supposed that he was pulled aboard the tug with them. Even after arrival with the survivors stated that he was saved and aboard the tug, it is evident, however, that he slipped from the raft and was not noticed for he is numbered among the missing. Mr. Swaney leaves a widow and two children, now in Seattle.

The organ at St. John's church has been draped in mourning on account of the loss of the organist, W.G. Gibbons, in the 'Clallam' wreck. Mr. Gibbons was born in the County Sligo, Ireland, 45 years ago. In infancy his family moved to England, and the boy grew up in London. At an early age he mastered a remarkable gift for music. He was educated for the profession, graduating from the Royal College of Music, London. He was successful in his work during his young manhood. Eighteen years ago he was married and his wife and three sons survive him. Twelve years ago he removed to Valparaiso, Chile, and for ten years was organist of the St. Paul's church of the city.

Mrs. Mary Reynolds, of Seattle, whose body is among those recovered on Sunday, resided with her daughter Miss Laura Reynolds, at 1217 1/2 Third avenue, in Seattle. Mrs. and Miss Reynolds came to that city about four months ago from Missonia, Montana. The mother was on her way to Victoria on a visit. She was a widow, and her daughter is her only surviving child.

Robert G. Campbell, one of the lost passengers, is a timber cruiser in the employ of the Seattle Cedar Shingle Company. His home was at 905 Twentieth avenue, Seattle, where he leaves a wife. It was at first thought he was a Victoria man.

The body of Miss Diprose was picked up near Clover Point about ten yards from the beach by Ernest Lambeth, and not by the tug 'Albion', as stated in this morning's issue.

The purser of the 'Clallam' says that he distinctly remembers seeing Mr. Shaw on the ship just before she was abandoned.

Some effort should be made to put a stop to the running in and out of children in the undertakers establishments. Those juveniles are actuated only by a morbid curiosity which should be sternly checked, and those who should do it are the police. Much disgust has been expressed by persons who have had to go to the undertakers' on business at the swarms of children entering and leaving, or loitering around the doors of those places.
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