The Argus at KellyGang 10/3/1879
About 20 special constables have been sworn in at Corowa for the protection of the town from the attacks of bushrangers. Mr Nihill, of the Customs Department, was fined £20 by the Bench for refusing to be sworn in, or to perform the duties required under the Special Police Act. He produced a telegram from the chief collector of customs at Sydney instructing him to refuse to be sworn in, as it would interfere with the execution of his duty. The Wahgunyah News of the 7th inst states that the fine was subsequently remitted.
The Queensland trackers are now at work in Victoria . The Border Post of Saturday says that "a detachment of Queensland police, consisting of Sub inspector O'Connor, Senior sergeant King, and six black con stables, arrived in Albury early on Friday. The trackers are wiry little fellows, specially selected by Mr O'Connor for the service they are now engaged on, their equipment consisting of a short rifle, and a revolver for each man. The party are under the orders of the Victorian Government, and were met here by the commissioner of police, Captain Standish, who held a long consultation with the officer in charge. After arrival at Benalla, they will work independently of the Victorian police, and entirely under the direction of Mr. O'Connor."
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