Clallam Disaster
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CLALLAM DISASTER
from the Victoria Daily Colonist, 19 Jan 1904, pg.6

FOUND AT PORT ANGELES

Body Believed to be That of W.E. Rookledge Located Across Straits

The body of one of the steamer 'Clallam's' victims came ashore on Sunday at Ediz Hook lighthouse, on Port Angeles spit, where it was found by the lighthouse-keeper, and brought to this city and turned over to the coroner. The body is that of a large man, 35 to 40 years of age, dark complexion, heavy black hair, five feet ten inches high, weight about 170 pounds. He was dressed in a soft black hat, black coat and vest, striped trousers and a new pair of patent leather shoes, about No. 8. Articles in his clothing fail to identify him definitely.

A card in his pocket, bore the name of F. Keown, sign painter, name of the town not visible, a piece of paper bore the address, "A.H. Parker, 1008 East Prospect," and the words, "Works Star Paint Company," no town given. There was on the person a gold link chain with pearl charm, a silver watch, No. of case 1,333,340, No. of works, 9,295,188, A.W.W. Co. A small leather purse contained about $5 in silver. A return ticket on the Interurban from Tacoma to Seattle and a return ticket, P.S.N. Co., from Seattle to Victoria. Both are dated January 8. There was in his pockets, besides a single key, a black handled knife and a metal box, marked with a Chinese dragon.

The body, when found, was encased in a life preserver marked 'Clallam,' and is now believed to be that of W.E. Rookledge, of Tacoma. Believing that further bodies may, have already, come ashore in this vicinity, Customs Inspector Fisher and Sheriff Hopkins have organized a gang of men to patrol the beach in both directions from the town.