Royal Commission report day 16 page 9
The Royal Commission evidence for 5/5/1881
(see also introduction to day 16)
Jacob Wilson sworn and examined
4403 By the Commission. —What are you?— A farmer.
4405 What did he do?— He sent out a constable to my place.
4406 Were you ever a man-of-war's-man?— Yes.
4407 What vessel were you on last?— I was discharged from the Dreadnought.
4412 Was Lloyd any relation of his?— Yes, Mrs. Lloyd is his aunt.
4413 Mr. Lloyd was his uncle, then, by marriage?— Yes.
4415 When first did you know anything about the police being in search, as far as you were concerned?— I knew the police were in search in 1878.
4416 Was that after the murders or before?— Before.
4418 How far did you live from the house where the outrage was committed?— About four miles.
4419 You knew all the family?— Yes.
4420 You recollect when the constables were murdered at Mansfield ?— Yes.
4422 Did the police come to your house—a search party—looking for Kelly?— Yes.
4423 What occurred on that occasion?— They asked me if I had seen anything about the Kellys, we said, “No.”
4424 Who was “we”?— There was my son along with me.
4426 Did you see any officer?— No, I did not.
4428 Did you know anything of the Kellys when Constable Flood came?— No, we knew nothing about them.
4429 Was that after the murder of the constables?— I am not certain.
4431 Had you seen the Kellys at that time?— No.
4432 When did you next see the police?— I do not think I saw the police till Mr. Hare came to my place with his horses.
4433 Did he ask you had you seen the Kellys?— Yes.
4434 What did you tell him?— I told him I had not.
4436 You had seen Ned Kelly and you told the officers you had not?— Yes.
4437 Where did you see him?— I went to the Kilfera station early in the morning after sheep. We were fencing, for the station, and he crossed the road and bid good morning to me; he was riding a bay horse.
4438 Was he armed?— I did not see any arms; he might have been under his coat.
4439 Mr. Hare asked you might he put his horses into your paddock?— Yes.
4440 What did you reply?— Senior-constable Mills came to my place, and I told him I would not give him any hay; I was frightened to give him any hay, and that if he went to Tom Lloyd’s place he could get plenty of hay there. He said they were camped and had put up their tents at the creek, and it was too late to go to Tom Lloyd's place.
4441 What time was this in the evening?— Just dusk.
4442 Did they put the horses in your paddock?— Yes.
4443 Did you give them hay?— Yes.
4444 Did they pay you?— Yes; fifteen shillings every morning for the hay for 21 horses.
4445 Did you refuse at first to give it?— Yes.
4447 That is the Lloyds?— Yes.....
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