The Argus at KellyGang 17/1/1881

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Sir-On Thursday last I left Melbourne for Wagga Wagga, but prior to doing so wrote   to Mr ET Powell, proprietor of the Rose Hotel, Albury, requesting him to send his coach to meet me at Wodonga, as I in- tended putting up at his house. On arriving at Wodonga, I was surprised to find that the coach sent over by Mr Powell was refused admission to the station grounds, and that in the face of the drivers exhibiting my letter to the stationmaster, pleading he was engaged, and urging his right, in common with others, to bring his vehicle to the station door. In reply to the stationmaster s queries, I staled I had written ordering the coach, and had my luggage with me. As it was approaching midnight, and 1 was anxious to get to bed, there was no alter- native for me and those with me but to carry our heavy luggage a distance of what appeared a quarter of a mile, to our coach outside the station gate, other coaches being allowed to draw up right at the station platform.

By inserting this in the columns of your valuable paper the attention of the railway authorities may be drawn to this inconvenient coach monopoly, and much irritability and annoyance would be saved to visitors from over the border. I am, &c

Wagga Wagga, Jan. 14.

P S -Perhaps it is contrary to the genius of Victoria to permit even free trade among coaches at railway stations.




A very important arrest was made early this morning near Perricoota station, New South Wales, by Constable Corkill, a foot policeman stationed at Echuca. On Saturday morning last a young man made his appearance at Toollen, situated on the main Murray road, about 20 miles north of Heathcote, and brandishing a revolver proclaimed that he was "Steve Hart's brother, and the people of Heathcote would know so next day." The man did not go to Heathcote, but took a westerly direction instead, striking the main Sandhurst and Heathcote road at a place called Knowsley, situated about 11 miles from Heathcote. There the young desperado stuck up a Chinaman, and robbed him of £5 in cash and a watch and chain.

The Chinaman, with three or four compatriots, cultivate an extensive garden on the Wild Duck Creek, near Kimbolton, and take their produce to the Sandhurst market. Since the outrage the police of Echuca, Sandhurst, Heathcote, Goornong, Elmore, and Rochester have been on the alert, whilst the troopers at Gunbower and Terrick Terrick have been constantly scouring the plains west of Echuca, for it was believed that the thief would make to the Terricks to see a young man named Richard Hart (brother of the bushranger), who lived with a Mr Cunningham, Terrick Terrick. It turned out that Hart himself was the highway robber, and he was returning from Greta across country to the Terricks when he committed the offences.

Constable Corkill found a trace of his man last night, and followed it up continuously. He learnt that Hart had crossed the Murray at Perricoota, 40 miles down the river from Echuca. Last night and this morning Corkill swam his horse across the stream at the same place. He found his man about two miles from the Perricoota station, making eastward, and arrested him. Hart said he was going up country, that he had robbed one Chinaman of £3, and that he had thrown his revolver into the Campaspe at the Clare Inn. He said he had reached Echuca on Sunday last, and stayed there for two days, after having walked from Knowsley, fully 60 miles. Hart was brought into Echuca and placed in the lock up. He will be brought before the police court on Monday. He is a youth of about 20, and villainous-looking.  

He stated that he had taken to the New South Wales side of the river, because there were too many troopers after him in Victoria.  He could, he observed, "see the beggars a mile and a half away across the plains, but took good care they would not see him."

Constable Corkill deserves credit for the arrest, for the fellow, if at large, would probably develop into a dangerous ruffian.  Hart did not attempt to resist the police when arrested. He at first gave his name as William Barr, and then said it was John Cunningham.


The following are the weights declared for the principal events at the Gunbower race meeting, to be held on Saturday next -

Gunbower Handicap

                                    St lb

Minstrel, aged               9 6

Skylak, 3 yrs                8 6

Blue Jacket, aged         9 3

Vanish, aged                 8 3

Dora, aged                   9 0

Don, aged                    8 3

Creeplng Jane, aged     9 0

Countess, 6yrs              8 0

Darkie aged                  8 8

Mosquito, 3 yrs            8 0

Gunbower Hurdle Race

                                    St lb

Blue Jacket, aged         10 7

Countess, 6 yrs             9 5

Mistral, aged                10 1

Tommy the Nut 5yrs     9 0

Sranger, aged               9 12

Dora, aged                   9 7

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