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from the Victoria Daily Colonist, 14 Jan 1904, pg.3

The very fact that no less a prominent person than Homer H. Swaney of this city was not included on the passenger list of the 'Clallam' only gives to hear out the assertion that the exact death list will never be known. Unless a passenger secured a berth the chances are his name was not enrolled for the trip that resulted in so great a loss of life. The fact, too, that the names of babies and children are never included, and the fact that there were many little ones in the three small boats that were sent away from the side of the sinking ship, goes to swell the awful total.

A Pittsburgh despatch says Homer H. Swaney, one of the victims of the steamer 'Clallam' wreck, was a former prominent iron and steel manufacturer of this district and was on his way to Victoria to complete the purchase of some iron mines in which a number of local capitalists were interested. About five years ago Swaney and a syndicate from here erected a plant at Irondale, near Port Townsend, Wash., and the company put up the first blast-furnaces on the Pacific coast.

The revenue cutter 'Grant' reports having found much floating wreckage, most of it between Smith's Island and Iceberg Point, which she now has aboard. The articles found consist of two wire mattresses, two bucket rakes, two doors, two chairs, two life-preservers and several other smaller articles. No trace of any of the bodies still missing was found. Capt. Tozier sent boats ashore and examined the entire coast between Iceberg Point and San Juan channel , also the shores of San Juan Island and the coast along the Rosario Strait. The boats were also sent ashore at various points among the islands.

A committee of the Victoria Board of Trade has waited on Capt. Troup regarding the placing of a steamer on the Puget Sound run, and although the interview was private, it is said that the committee offered to Capt. Troup on behalf of the C.P.R., the same inducements that were offered to the P.C.S Co., if the company would place a steamer on the Seattle route. Capt. Troup said that he was not inclined to take any unfair advantage of a rival company in its misfortune but would give the matter his consideration and lay it before the head officials of his company.