Herald at KellyGang - 8/8/1880

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A THIRD EDITION of The Herald will be published as early as possible this afternoon, and will contain later particulars of the trial of Ned Kelly, the Melbourne Cup acceptances, and other items of news.





Yesterday (Saturday) was very wet and cold, and consequently there were very few people about the town. In fact the principal interest in the trial appears to have been got over, and many visitors who came to see Ned Kelly, having gratified their peculiar curiosity, have left Beechworth. As to sympathisers, there never have been many here, much to the surprise of the police, who expected a large influx from Greta and that district and the Woolshed.Mrs Skillian, Tom Lloyd, Dick Hart, Williams and one other are all that have come to Beechworth. They are all extremely quiet in their demeanor, but it is impossible to get much reliable information from them.

Tom Lloyd when spoken to either evades the question, or, if pressed, pretends to be stupid, and not to understand. This man is regarded by the police as the most dangerous of all the sympathisers. He is the man who, some time ago, struck his cousin a blow on the chest which caused death. It was alleged on behalf of Lloyd that this was an accidental occurrence, and rose out of a bet that he could not knock his cousin down. Lloyd, although he looks no athlete, is really a most powerful fellow, and those who have seen him stripped describe him as having a tremendous muscular development. Besides this, his character is notoriously of the most dangerous order, and it is freely stated that he was the chief instrument in conducting the operations of the gang, and making plants of provisions for them at arranged places. It is well known that he was at Euroa reconnoitering and obtaining information prior to the bank robbery; and he was also on the scene just before or at the time of the outrages.

Dick Hart is not regarded as anything like so dangerous a man, but is described as a bush larrikin. In court both these are very quiet. They usually stand one each side of Mrs Skillian on the bench usually set apart for witnesses. Their seats are situated close to the prisoner’s dock, and Ned Kelly frequently exchanges glances with his sister. A great many sympathisers are at the Woolshed, and frequently visit the residence of Mrs Byrne. The police still fully anticipate another gang will take to the bush, but that it will not be until after the discharge of Mrs Kelly, when there will be a meeting of Mrs Kelly, Mrs Skillian, Lloyd and others, at which matters will be arranged. It is believed that the new gang, should it start, will consist of Tom Lloyd, Patsey Byrne, Dick Hart, and one or two others.

Ned Kelly remains in gaol in a very quiet state. Under the orders of Dr Dobbin, he is supplied with milk, meat, and such other things as he may require, and also stimulants in reasonable quantities; but he partakes of the latter sparingly. His great complaint is that the Government is acting illegally in refusing him a private interview with his sister. He is visited daily by Mr Foster, PM who inquires if there is any thing he wants. When first Mr Foster saw him he asked when his sisters could see him, and being told that the time had not yet arrived, he replied, in a violent manner, “That be dammed for a yarn.” He evidently believed that he was being misled. The latter he sent for Mrs Skillian through Mr Zincke was of an unimportant character, and simply asked for some change of clothing; but the police are so afraid that poison will be conveyed to him, that they will not permit anything to pass between Kelly and his sisters. Kelly has expressed his gratification at the unusual crowd of females who have visited the court to see him. He is evidently very vain.


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