Clallam Suits
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CLALLAM SUITS
from the Victoria Daily Colonist, 13 Aug 1904, pg.5

Judge Bellinger's recent decision in the federal court at Portland, in which he decided that all claims against the Puget Sound Navigation Company, as owners of the 'Clallam', which sank last January in the Straits of Juan de Fuca, were forever barred and the company freed from all liability, is not binding on those presenting claims in Judge Hanford's court in the opinion of local attorney's who represent parties having claims which have been presented in the local branch of the federal court, says the Post-Intelligencer. These attorneys held a meeting yesterday to consider the situation. All the local attorneys interested in the claims growing out of the 'Clallam' disaster were present at the meeting, and a general discussion of the effect of Judge Bellinger's decision restraining claims being presented was had. The opinion unanimously arrived at was that Judge Hanford's court alone had jurisdiction, and the order of Judge Bellinger would in no was prevent the pressing of the claims already instituted.