Melbourne Daily Telegraph (11)
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INTERVIEW BETWEEN THE CHIEF SECRETARY AND NED KELLY
Mr Ramsay visited the Melbourne Gaol yesterday afternoon, accompanied by the under secretary, and saw Ned Kelly. The interview was un-official, and only lasted a few minutes, the conversation being of a general character, and devoid of public interest.
Owing to the unsettled feeling which continues to exist in the “Kelly country” and the numerous threats which have been made by the sympathisers of the outlaws against a few of the police who made themselves conspicuous at Glenrowan, the authorities have sent Inspector Montford up to take charge of the district. The officer will relieve Inspector Sadleir, and will be stationed at Benalla.
Constable Duross, one of the men who were stuck up in the hut at Sebastopol, arrived in Melbourne yesterday, and has been ordered to the Richmond Depot
INTERVIEW BETWEEN MR C COX AND NED KELLY
A most interesting interview took place yesterday morning between Ned Kelly and Mr Charles Cox, the landlord of the Royal hotel Jerilderie, who was stuck up on the occasion of the memorable visit of the gang to that town. Mr Cox obtained an order from the Chief Secretary to see the outlaw, for reasons that are at present enveloped in mystery, and at 10 o’clock he drove up to the gaol with a spanking pair of bays and a liveried coachman, and presented his passport. Mr Castieau, the governor of the gaol, having understood that no one was to be permitted to see the prisoner, looked at the order somewhat dubiously, when Mr Cox suggested that if there was any doubt about the matter, he would go away. Mr Castieau accepted the order, and allowed the visitor to see the outlaw.
Mr Cox, after shaking hands with the outlaw, said: All I want to know is what you did with the jewellery which you took out of the bank at Jerilderie belonging to Mrs Masby.
Ned Kelly: No I can’t tell you. It was taken away, but I don’t know what became of it.
Mr Cox asked him, as a particular favour, to say how it had been disposed of, especially as it was but an old watch, valueless for ordinary use, but which was an heirloom in the Masby family, and they greatly desired to remain possession of it.
Ned Kelly: Charlie, if I knew anything about it, I would tell you. The only thing I got out of the bank was an old watch, but I don’t know what has become of it. If I knew that my sisters had it, I would get them to return it to you at once.
Some other general conversation took place, during which Ned Kelly said that he would rather be dead than living, and that he could have got clear away on his grey mare, but he would not desert his comrades; and Mr Cox left, without having succeeded in obtaining a clue to the stolen jewellery.
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