The Mind Affected
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from the Victoria Daily Colonist, 19 Jan 1904, pg.6

Unnerved by the awful experience of witnessing the drowning of his wife and three children from the lifeboats of the 'Clallam', and by the hardships he himself endured during the hours before the ill-fated craft went to the bottom, Thos. L. Sullins arrived in the city yesterday morning from Victoria, in charge of his sister, Mrs. Charles A. Tinsley, of 102 Cedar street, says the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. They came in on the steamer 'Garland', and, after landing on the dock, Mr. Sullins disappeared. Mrs. Tinsley searched the vicinity for him, but, unable to find him reported his disappearance to the police.

About noon, however, Mr. Sullins arrived at the Tinsley home, saying that after leaving the boat he met some lodge friends, and they took him off to spend the night with them.

After the finding of the body of Mrs. Sullins, which was one of the first picked up, floating close to the boat in which was the body of Miss Harris, of Spokane, Mrs. Tinsley went to Victoria with her brother to take charge of the remains and await the finding of the bodies of his children. All during their stay in Victoria it was necessary to keep some one with Mr. Sullins constantly. The events he passed through on the fateful voyage have wrecked his nerves, and the fact that the bodies of his babies have not yet been recovered adds to his distresses condition. Mrs. Tinsley yesterday said:

"My brother is in a very bad condition as a result of his experience on the 'Clallam' and the drowning of his wife and three children. We do not leave him alone at all. His mind is not gone, but his nervous system is so badly shattered that he is hardly responsible. He met some lodge friends after getting off the boat this morning, and they took care of him during the afternoon. He is now with us, and we will try to keep him here for a few days."