The Argus at KellyGang 19/11/1879 (8)
The coroner and the Rev B Holt have reurned from Wantabadgery. They report three of the bushrangers to be aged about 19 to 21. The other, aged 37, declared he was Captain Moonlite, and had come from Victoria for the purpose of sticking up the banks in Gundagai. On this statement being doubted, he told the police to search his swag, and they would find documents to prove it. On the swag being searched his lectures on Pentridge were found. After leaving Wantabadgery the bushrangers made for Gundagai, but stopped at Mr Glell's selection on the road to get some milk. While here Mr John Beveridge and a party came up on their way to the relief of Wantabadgery. One man in advance of the others, on seeing the bushrangers, threw away his revolver. Moonlite asked him if the others were armed, and received a reply in the affirmative. On the others coming up, Mr Beveridge, in reply to Moonlite, said he was going duck shooting. This reply appeared to exasperate Moonhte, who told him it was a lie, and he would cut his nose and ears off, and make him eat them, and then cut his throat. Eventually they determined to hang him, and were about doing so when the Gundagai police came up. The bushrangers, with one exception, fired on the police from a house. But one young man stood outside and kept up a constant fire on the police. One of the bushrangers in the house begged of Moonhte to cease firing, or they would all be shot. He threw his arms round Moonlite to pull him back, and as he did so he was shot dead by Constable Bowen. In attempting to reload, Bowen was shot in the neck by Moonlite. After some further firing, two of the bushrangers were shot, and the last surrendered with one exception, and he escaped, but was subsequently captured under a bed at M'Glede's.
The police have just arrived with the prisoners, and they are now safely lodged in gaol. The police were loudly cheered Constable Bowen is in a very critical condition. It was he who shot the bushrangers at Bendemeer in July, 1877.
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On Saturday night as the train proceeded to Melbourne a sudden jerk was felt, and it was found that the engine and carriages had passed over piece of wood supposed to be a sleeper. Suspicion was at once aroused in the minds of the guards that the Kelly gang had placed it on the line to effect the scheme hinted at of sticking up a train. Steam was put on until the train reached the next station, where the matter was reported, and the guards in the up train were armed with revolvers and told to be on the watch for the Kellys. Upon examination it was discovered that one of the wooden brakes had fallen from the wheel, and thus occasioned the fright.
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