Herald (26)

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It appears now that the police generally had little confidence in this man, but Mr Hare believed in him, and when the men used to express their opinions about him, Mr Hare would reply, “Never mind what he is so long as he serves our purpose.” The Kelly sympathises aver that Sherritt piloted the Kellys to Jerilderie, and received £290 of the plunder.


It has been known for some time that there has been a disruption between the black trackers and the ordinary police. The cause is now known. Mr Hare, it is said, some time since went out into the ranger with the trackers, the party consisting of the five black trackers, Mr O'Connor, Mr Hare and several white police, all mounted, and accompanied by two packhorses. It was at once apparent to Mr Hare that such a cavalcade, the tramp of which could be heard for three or four miles in the ranges, could never hope to come within gunshot of the Kellys. After this trip Mr Hare wished to divide the trackers and place one or two in places where their services could be availed of in the event of a raid. The officer in charge of the trackers, however, refused to allow them to divide, and the authorities then sent to Queensland for five trackers -- one of the present lot remained here -- so as to make up a force of six. It is intended to keep this force in the colony to do any tracking work which may be needed. The fact that experienced black trackers are at hand will do much to prevent more bushranging.


From the Geelong Advertiser we learn that in order to prevent any of the sympathises of the notorious Kelly gang taking revenge on Mr Dowsett, the railway guard, who distinguished himself by pluck in assisting to capture Ned Kelly, the Railway department has arranged for the guard to take charge of the Queenscliff train on and after today. The present guard of the Queenscliff train, Mr Halley, will be removed to Melbourne . It may be stated that the armor worn by the Kelly gang is now at the office of the secretary of the Railway department, in Melbourne .


Immediately Ned Kelly had started for Melbourne from Glenrowan, the Rev. Mr Gibney, who had so bravely rescued Cherry from the flames of Jones’s Hotel, and afterwards administered spiritual succour to the surviving member of the outlaw gang, telegraphed to the Catholic authorities in Melbourne, stating the Kelly was on his way to town, and that on his arrival he might be in need of the assistance of a clergyman. The very Rev Dean Donaghy, the chaplain of the gaol, was from home when the telegram arrived, and the Rev P. J. Aylward, of the Cathedral, was commissioned to proceed to the gaol and await the arrival of the bushranger. The reverend gentleman had been at the gaol half an hour before Ned Kelly arrived. On his being received into the establishment, and while he was lying on a stretcher about to be removed to the gaol hospital, he recognised the clergyman, and bowed to him respectfully. After Kelly had been examined by Dr Shields, the gaol surgeon, the latter stated that the unhappy man was not in danger of death, and that it would be as well to let him be quiet for the rest of the day (Monday last). It was then between 2 and 3 o'clock .

The Rev. Mr Aylward then -- within ten minutes of Ned's arrival at the gaol -- had an interview with Mrs Kelly in the Female’s Division of the gaol, and broke to her the fate which had overtaken the outlaws, and the fortunes of her two sons. Of that interview we gave some account on Tuesday last. The day after Ned's reception into the gaol the ordinary chaplain, the Very Rev. Dean Donaghy, visited the prisoner, who received the reverend gentleman respectfully, and gave every indication of a good disposition to be benefited by his exhortations and ministrations. It has been erroneously stated that Kelly on his arrival in the gaol requested to see the Rev. Mr Aylward. The fact is that that he has not asked to see any clergyman. Mrs Kelly maintains that whatever offences her sons have committed were done in defence of their sisters.


The impression among the friends of the outlaws is that Dan Kelly and Hart, faint from loss of blood, and therefore unable to bear the weight of the armor, as well as the better to enable them to try and staunch their wounds, took off the armor and were shot by the police.


That police now see that a grave mistake was committed in firing into the house while women and children were there. As to the men, the police generally say that if twenty or thirty men could not disarm two boys, hampered as they were by heavy armor, they deserved little consideration.


Ned Kelly was struck by twenty-two shots before he fell. Seventeen hit the armor and glanced away, and Kelly was wounded by five shots.


There is a general expectation that a board of inquiry will be appointed by the Government into the circumstances of the attack on Mrs Jones’s Hotel, Glenrowan.


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