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The Age continued with its report of the KellyGang





Ned Kelly since his arrival here has been very quiet, and has been see only by the clerk for Mr Zincke, the solicitor, who will appear for him. His removal so suddenly quite surprised his Greta friends, many of whom visited Benalla to confirm the statements made in the press. An attempt will be made on Friday to obtain a postponement of the trial for one week. The witnesses who will be examined on behalf of the Crown are – Constable M’Intyre, Sub-inspector Pewtress, Sergeant Steele, who shot Kelly at Glenrowan ; Senior-constable Kelly, who was present when he was shot; and Constable Bracken, who will give evidence with regard to statements made in Jones’s public house at Glenrowan prior to the arrival of the special train. It is also anticipated that one witness will be brought from Jerilderie.

Kelly’s demeanor in the train from Melbourne on Sunday was more extraordinary than at first reported. His hatred for Sergeant Steele was very marked; on the way he sprang at him, and had to be thrown on the seat by two constables. At Euroa he looked out of the train, and, pointing to a fences, said, ‘That is where Steve Hart hung up his horses when he saw the – policeman coming. The fool passed him, and Steve said ‘Good day’ to him, but he did not drop to him,’ At Glenrowan, he told Steele he would like to have him in the bush and he would shoot him, and also said that whilst in the bush he had made his own powder.

With regard to the proceedings at the hotel, he said that he and Byrne started the firing from the verandah, as Hart and Dan were too slow After the police had fired they fired again from the chimney. It was then that he was wounded. He then went into the house and searched under the beds for Bracken to shoot him, but he could not find him. Having done so he walked out through the back door and told Byrne that he would break through the police line. At daylight in the morning, when he commenced firing, he expected the gang to come out and join him.

Subsequently he said he was very sorry that he and his others had not rushed the station when the train came in. If he had dome so , he was certain they would have killed the whole party

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