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Late on Wednesday night the preparations made by the police at Beechworth indicated the probability that Edward Kelly would be transferred from Beechworth to Melbourne gaol. Punctually at eight o’clock yesterday morning four armed constables departed from Beechworth in different directions, and met on the Wangaratta road just outside of the township. At the same time a wagonette containing the prisoner and three armed men left the gaol, and was rapidly driven down the Wangaratta road, the mounted men acting as an escort. Notwithstanding the secrecy of the police, the solicitor for the prisoner’s defence, Mr Gaunson, heard of the intention to remove him, and at six o’clock in the morning he had an interview with Kelly in gaol. On arriving at Wangaratta, a special train, under the charge of guards Bell and Baxter, was in waiting. The news of Kelly’s arrival in Wangaratta spread rapidly, and there was a large crowd on the platform eager to see the bushranger. When everything was in readiness he was quickly removed from the guard’s van, and the train was at once set in motion. Looking through the window at the crowd, he remarked, ‘There’s a lot of colonials.’ His demeanor throughout the journey to Melbourne was quiet, and he said very little. Speaking to Bracken, he said that if it was his fate to be hanged he would be hanged.. He did not expect to get off. Near Euroa he waved his handkerchief to two ladies standing near a brick house and laughed. The train stopped for a few minutes at Seymour , and then sped on its journey again, arriving at Newmarket about half-past five o’clock in the evening. From there he was taken to the Melbourne Gaol in a cab. His arrival in Melbourne was quite unexpected, and there was no one in the vicinity of the gaol when the cab drove up. The wound in his arm is giving him great pain, and Kelly expected that the doctor would have operated upon if yesterday. The Crown will probably at once make the necessary application that the trial be heard in Melbourne , and it is not likely that it will be opposed.

Constable M’Intyre arrived in town last night by the last train from Beechworth. He was in a very exhausted state, and appeared to be suffering from a severe attack of pleurisy. This is probably the result of his being confined in a warm cell in Beechworth gaol for several nights during Kelly’s trial, and in the morning being told off to do duty in the cold corridors of the police court. He had been under treatment in the Beechworth hospital, and is now an inmate of the hospital at the police depot at Richmond

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