The Alexandra and Yea Standard, Gobur, Thornton and Acheron Express at KellyGang 15/2/1879
THE KELLY GANG
JERILDERIE, N.S.W., Monday
The Kelly gang stuck-up the telegraph office to-day at 2 o'clock, and out the office connexions, and also cut down seven poles. The station master and assistant were covered by revolvers, and, marched up to the look-up, which they had stuck up, and were there locked up, together with two constables. They were released at 7 pm, and told not to touch the wire till morning; but the station master did so, and fixed a wire along the fence.
They stuck up the Bank of New South Wales. The gang took nothing from the telegraph office, but out the wires about in a tearful mess. Nothing more was seen of the gang after they left at 4pm, but it is supposed they may return. They were drinking, and were reckless. They locked the station master up, and made him promise not to mend the line till morning, but as soon as he was released he got help and fixed the wires along the fences, so as to work. They took the constable down with them from he barracks and walked into the bank and stuck up two clerks, and then found Mr Tarleton in a bath in his room. Stuck him up, and then proceeded to take everything. After this they marched the bank officials into the Royal Hotel, where they collected a whole room full, and then come over and stuck the telegraph-master up and made him stop the lines, which he did by disconnecting the wires. Then they ordered some man to chop down the poles, and told the telegraph officers to lock up the place and go with them. They said they would take them a few miles with them; but when they got into the lock-up they put them into the lock-up with the two police, and threatened Mrs Devine. the senior constable's wife, with het life if she let us out before 7 o'clock. It is believed they have taken about £2,000 from the bank, besides burning a number of deeds, securities, books, &c.
JERILDERIE Tuesday Morning.
The Kelly gang surrounded the police barracks about 12 o'clock on Saturday when all were in bed, and called out and stuck up the two police men who were in charge. They kept them there until Monday. They came down to town on Monday, and stuck up the Bank of New South Wales, by walking in and ordering the clerks to bail up. Having stuck up the telegraph office and destroyed the wires thee marched the station-master. Mr H D Jefferson, and his probationer, Rankin up to the police station, where they locked them up in the lock-up together with the two constables, and they were kept there till 7pm. The gang then started towards Wanamurra station and nothing has been seen of them since. They had a room full of people stuck up at the Royal Hotel, where them had a few drinks, and Ned Kelly handed a paper he had written to Mr Living, of the bank, and made him promise to have it published. He regretted he had not time to finish it, but wished to have it printed, and he would write the remainder some other time. As soon as they had gone some persons started for Moama, and some one for Deniliquin, to give information. It is supposed thy got about £2,000 from the bank, and destroyed a lot of books and deeds.
About 12 o'clock on Saturday night Kelly's gang stuck up the police barracks, captured the two police on duty, and put them in the lock-up, where Constable Devine was kept a prisoner until Monday night. The other policeman (Constable Richards) was at times taken round the town in charge of Ned Kelly and Hart. Mrs Devine and her children were shut up in another room during all Sunday and Monday, and no one was allowed to go near the barracks. Early on Monday morning Kelly's horses were shod in Jerilderie. When everything had been made secure at the barracks the Kelly's dressed in police uniform, and on Monday about 11 o'clock, the two KeIly's on foot walked down the street in company with Con stable Richards. Hart and Byrne followed on horseback. They walked to the Royal Hotel and saw Mr Cox, the landlord when Richards introduced Mr Cox to Kelly, who said he wanted the rooms in the Royal, and that he intended to rob the bank, but would not do anybody any harm. The other bushrangers were then placed by Ned Kelly at the front part of the hotel and as the people went in for a drink they were seized and placed in a room where Dan Kelly acted as sentinel.
The bank was then entered at the rear of the premises by Ned Kelly, who, with two revolvers in his hands, announced who he was Resistance was, of course, uneless and the manager and bank clerks all surrendered. Up to this time no one had the slightest idea that the Kellys were in Jerilderie. About 1 o'clock three gentlemen entered the bank in the usual way. not thinking anything was the matter, when Ned Kelly rushed in from another room with two revolvers. When the men saw him they ran out but eventually he brought them hack and
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