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'29/6/1880 '

  The Herald









 It would be impossible for the most graphic writer to adequately describe the scene or excitement that prevailed in the streets of Melbourne yesterday from an early hour in the forenoon until nearly midnight . In every direction the streets were thronged with people discussing the tragic events then being enacted a hundred and thirty miles or so from the metropolis. Men and women, boys and girls, were all deeply interested, and for the time even the generally absorbing topic of an approaching general election was completely lost sight of. For once one was able to pass an hour without even hearing a passing reference to the Reform Bill or the names of Mr Berry or Mr Service mentioned. The fight that was going on was all that people cared about, and persons of all conditions, from the highest to the lowest avinced the deep interest with which they regarded the matter. In Collins Street , in the vicinity of the newspaper offices the crowd was the greatest and the most eager. Numerous editions of The Herald were published and all day long for publishing department of this journal was fairly besieged not only by the runners, but by crowds of persons anxious to get early copies of the latest editions. Of course, owing to the fact that all was excitement at Glenrowan, where the encounter was going on, and that there was not a sufficiency of operators or of wires for such an extraordinary crush of business, it was impossible to get through such full details as we might have wished, but on the whole, we were enabled to keep public curiosity fairly supplied, and today we are able to supplement the news given in the morning papers.


 At and about the Spencer street railway station throughout the morning there was a large fluctuating crowd. The uncertainty as to the whereabouts of Ned Kelly, and the bare possibility of his passing through the station on his way to his last earthly home, was attractive to the lowger class, and with them the whole subject of yesterday's battle was fought over and over again, the opinions expressed on the subject being as diverse as numerous. Shortly before 11 o'clock the arrival of the police van caused a sensation, and in a moment the genial conductor was surrounded by a host of queriats, who would not have any other answer but that which affected Kelly. Of course the presence of the van at the station had nothing to do with the redoubtable hero of the day, but merely conveyed towards Geelong a batch of female offenders, for whose services Mr Castieau has no immediate need. Shortly after 12 o'clock the crowd at the railway station commenced to increase to such an extent that the traffic manager, Mr Anderson, ordered the platform to be closed, and the barriers used on Cup and other days of great traffic to be erected, although by this time it was clearly understood by the authorities that there would be no Kelly on the ordinary train arriving at Spencer street at 2 o'clock as it that known till arrangements had been made to drop him at some station before arriving there.


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