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The Argus continued with its reports of the KellyGang and Glenrowan.

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previous page Wangaratta, Tuesday

The boy John Jones died from his wounds in the Wangaratta Hospital this morning.

The burial of the remains of Dan Kelly and Steve Hart had been fixed for noon today, but it being found necessary to hold a magisterial inquiry the burial was stopped. Mr Foster, PM and Mr Wyatt, PM, being both engaged with inquests, Mr Bickerton, has consented to hold the inquiry on the bodies of the outlaws at Glenrowan to morrow and Mr A Tone JP will be asked to hold the inquiry at the hospital.

The girl Jones is progressing favourably. The boy Reardon is lying in a critical state, and is not expected to recover.

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SUB INSPECTOR O’CONNOR AND THE BLACK TRACKERS

With regard to the part taken by Sub-inspector O’Connor and the black trackers in the encounter at Glenrowan. Mr O’Connor makes the following statement:- ‘I went down by the special train on Sunday night, at the request of Captain Standish. I collected my troopers and started three hours after I received notice. I agreed to go on condition that the Government of Victoria would see me held blameless, as we were under orders to leave for Queensland . On our arrival at Glenrowan we heard that the rail had been taken up some distance further on. We thought the best corse would be to get the horses and proceed to the spot. Bracken then appeared, and informed us that the Kellys were at Jones’s public house. Superintendent Hare, myself, and four or five men, rushed up to the house. When we got within 25 yards we were received with a single shot, and then a volley. We returned the fire. Hare said ‘O’Connor I’m wounded-I’m shot in the arm. I must go back.’ He left immediately. We remained, and our incessant fire drove the outlaws into the house, which we heard them barricade. Mr Hare returned to the station, stayed a short time there and then went to Benalla. I stood at my spot until half past 10 o’clock , in the forenoon, when I was sent for by Superintendent Sadlier. I was within 25 yards of the house the whole time. At daybreak I got behind shelter. One of my troopers was shot alongside me – cut across the eyebrows. He jumped on the bank, ‘Take that Ned Kelly.’ It seemed to afford him great relief, but rather amused us. I was in charge of the men from the time Mr Hare left until Mr Sadleir arrived on the ground.

The tragic encounter with the Kelly gang at Glenrowan was again the leading topic yesterday. The surviving outlaw, Ned Kelly, was brought to town from Benalla by the afternoon train, and crowds assembled both at the Spencer street and North Melbourne stations to await his arrival. He was taken out at the latter station and conveyed to the Melbourne gaol. The reports of Dr Charles Ryan who accompanied him, on the journey, and Dr Shields, the medical officer of the gaol, are to the effect that, though rather severely wounded, Kelly will, in all probability, recover from his injuries. The wound of Superintendent Hare, who returned to Melbourne yesterday, is severe, and may cause permanent stiffness of the wrist, but Mr Hare, on the whole, is doing very well. It is with regret that we record another death arising out of the affray – that of the young lad, son of Mrs Jones, who kept the hotel in which the bushrangers met their fate. It is also reported that the boy Reardon, son of the platelayer, is in a dangerous condition. A magisterial inquiry was held at Benalla on the remains of Byrne yesterday, when the finding was that the deceased had been shot by the police in the execution of their duty. An inquest will be held in Benalla to day on the bodies of Dan Kelly and Hart, and an inquest will also be held at Wangaratta on the body of the boy Jones.

The number of The Australian Sketcher which will be issued towards the end of the week, will be one of very special interest. It will contain a number of authentic views of the desperate fight at Glenrowan, which resulted in the annihilation of the Kelly gang. As Mr T Carrington, the special artist of the Sketcher, was present throughout the whole of the encounter between the police and the bushrangers, the engravings will present thoroughly accurate and faithful views of the most striking incidents of this eventful and tragic contest.

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