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Return of Officers, Sergeants, and Constables who took part in the capture of the Kelly gang of outlaws on the 28th June, 1880:—Superintendent F Hare, Senior-constable John Kelly, Mounted-constable Barry, Mounted-constable W Phillips, Mounted-constable J M Arthur, Mounted-constable Thomas Kirkham, Mounted-constable P C Gascoigne, Mounted-constable William Canny, Sub-inspector S O’Connor, Tracker Hero, Tracker Barney, Tracker Johnny, Tracker Jacky, Tracker Jimmy, Superintendent John Sadleir, Sergeant James Whelan, Senior-constable R A Smyth, Mounted-constable Robert Graham, Mounted-constable Ryan, Mounted-constable W J R Wallace, Mounted-constable P P Wilson, Mounted-constable J L Stilliard, Foot-constable Kelly, Foot-constable Reilly, Foot-constable John Milne, Foot-constable T M Hewitt, Tracker Moses, Tracker Spider, Sergeant A Steele, Mounted-constable J Montiford, Mounted-constable Wm Moore, Mounted-constable P Heally, Mounted-constable J Dixon, Foot-constable Patrick Walsh, Foot-constable James Dwyer, Senior-constable Charles Johnston, Mounted-constable Thomas Meehan, Mounted-constable T E Dwyer, Foot-constable J H Stow, Foot-constable P McDonald.

The names of the members of the force from Beechworth who assisted at the capture of the outlaws are:—Senior-constable P Mullane, Mounted-constable A Alexander, Foot-constable R Wickham, Foot-constable H Armstrong, Foot-constable R McHugh, Foot-constable W Duross, Foot-constable R Glenny, Mounted-constable R Alexander, Foot-constable T Dowling, Mounted-constable C F Magor, Mounted-constable McColl.



“I am but a snapper-up of unconsidered trifles.”


I have been somewhat surprised, as well as entertained, by the opinions I have heard concerning the late “squelching” of the Kelly banditti, as to the correctness, from a military point of view, both of firing the hotel by the police and of the wearing of armour by the members of the gang.I have heard a popular saying which asserts that “all is fair in love and war;” and it used to be a primary axiom in warfare to “Do as much damage as possible to your enemy, with as little loss as possible to yourself;” and in my study of history I have generally found it carried out, with but little consideration as to equity or humanity. The old Greeks and Romans considered themselves quite justified in donning impervious armour to encounter naked barbarians; the Spaniards had themselves and horses sheathed in steel, and did not think it beneath their dignity to slaughter half-clad Mexicans. Yet these people were supposed to have the nicest sense of chivalrous feeling.At Waterloo, the French cuirassiers, with their helmets and breastplates, defied the sabres of the English cavalry, until the English captain cried to his men to “strike at the throat.”Rockets were at first considered barbarous; torpedoes were looked upon as atrocities; yet we find all nations now making use of them.I have no doubt the Zulus strongly objected to the Gatling gun, and looked upon the introduction of sailors in land operations as an unwarrantable innovation; but in these matters the opinions of the subjugated parties don’t seem to count much.Vie victis, as Mr S. would say.



Elsewhere in this issue we publish the reports furnished by Superintendents Hare and Sadleir to the Chief Commissioner of Police, with reference to the extermination of the Kelly gang of outlaws at Glenrowan on the 28th June, and also that of Mr Curnow, late schoolmaster at Glenrowan, relative to his proceedings on the eventual morning. An error has crept into Superintendent Sadleir’s report, wherein it is stated that he and his party left Benalla for the scene of action at “10.5 am.”The time of departure was 5.10 am.


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