Sydney Morning Herald (51)

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Before Messrs. Charlton, Dean, Moses, and Carpenter, at the Water Police Court, yesterday, James Gregory Tompkins and James Pringle were summoned, at the instance of sub-inspector Anderson, for that on the 23rd day of November, on the premises at the rear of No. 128, Pitt street, in Sydney, they did permit to be exhibited to the public a woman named Kate Kelly and a man named James Kelly, relatives of the notorious criminal, Edward Kelly, who was recently executed in the neighbouring colony, to the great damage and common nuisance of all persons therein inhabiting and passing, and to the evil example of others in the like case offending, and against the peace of the Queen. Sub-inspector Anderson deposed that he laid the information; on Monday night he saw a number of persons coming from the premises referred to and going into them; there were boys from 12 to 20 years of age, girls of the larrikin and disorderly classes; he had to station some constabulary to keep order on the footpath; he considered the exhibition of the relatives of Edward Kelly a gross outrage, and highly injurious to public morals.

To the Bench: The inhabitants complained to the Inspector-General of the exhibition. To Pringle: Did not see you there. To Tompkins: Nor did I see you there. Sub-inspector Camphin went to the premises mentioned on Monday afternoon, and saw Tompkins in a shed which was being fixed up; saw the exhibition there that evening; saw James Kelly riding on a horse and leading another into tho shed; heard a man named Donovan standing at the entrance calling out, " The renowned Kate Kelly, mounted on her pony Oliver Twist, and Jim Kelly, mounted on Ned Kelly's gray mare Kitty, and upon the saddle upon which Ned Kelly' rode. Admission, 1s. There's no fraud about this. These are the genuine persons—no waxworks here," and remarks of that kind; a man named Lewis was standing in King street making similar remarks; a number of boys were distributing handbills advertising the show; on, Tuesday morning Tomkins went to the Inspector-General's office, and there saw witness; he said a detective had visited him and cautioned him respecting the show; he knew horses were being exhibited, but did not know whose they were; the Inspector-General said the exhibition was disgraceful, and ought to be stopped; Tompkins said he would keep the people out; witness went on Tuesday evening to assist Tompkins in keeping people out, but the exhibition continued as usual ; a number of persons assembled and obstructed the thoroughfare; the services of several constables were required to keep order.

Detective Williams gave corroborative evidence in every important particular. The case was then remanded for one week; bail allowed in sureties of £80 and two each of £40. A promise was also given that the exhibition should not take place in the meanwhile.

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