The Argus at KellyGang 13/11/1878

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The Mansfield Guardian states that last week Mr Kitchen wrote to Mr Graves, MLA, requesting him to bring under the notice of the Government the desirability of erecting a suitable monument in the Mansfield cemetery to the memory of the three brave fellows who were so foully murdered by the Kelly gang while in the execution of their duty at Stringybark Creek. The Chief Secretary has favourably entertained the application, and steps will be at once taken to carry out the object in view. The Chief Commissioner of Police has written to Mr J Tomkins, JP, to thank him and other gentlemen for the valuable assistance they rendered the police, especially in connexion with the finding of Sergeant Kennedy’s body.

The report of our special reporter at Benalla published on Friday last stated that “when Captain Standish arrived by the train in the evening, two of the Lloyds and Isaiah Wright were seen on the platform.” We have received a letter from Isaiah Wright in which he states that on the day in question he was at Mansfield from the morning until 12 o’clock at night. Next morning he commenced shearing at Mr Chenery’s station at 6 o’clock .




BENALLA, Tuesday, 10.30 PM

This has been another barren day, although there has been plenty of hard work doing. The information brought into Wangaratta by one of the search parties on Sunday was of such a nature as to warrant a reconnaissance en force, as it was fully believed that the gang were not to far distant. When I say not far, I mean that their tracks ― or those supposed to be theirs ― had been picked up about 12 miles from Wangaratta, on one of the spurs of the Warby Ranges. This being the case, a strong party under Superintendent Nicolson started at dawn this morning from Wangaratta, proceeding down the road towards Glenrowan, where they were joined by Superintendent Sadlier, who had gone up by the early train from here.

The party then proceeded to the spot were the tracks were last seen, and the two black trackers were lain on. There is no doubt there were tracks there, and these were followed through all their doublings for a considerable distance, always being round the foot of the ranges. In two places it was seen that a fence had been crossed to and fro with the evident intention (if the tracks were the right ones) of misleading. After several hours’ hard work, however, the tracks were lost in some bad ground which had been subsequently ridden over, and late in the afternoon the party returned to Wangaratta, having previously divided into two, one taking the top of the ridge, and the other keeping along the foot. The day’s work was comparatively unsatisfactory, as the great expectations of the men when they started were not realised, but some important results may follow, and many of the police are sanguine of soon coming up with the gang. The country is, however, of such a frightful character for horses to travel over that I am sure it will be a matter of time to arrive at the desired result, especially if the ruffians are well supplied with provisions and ammunition. They have certainly the advantage of knowing every foot of the country, owing to their long experience in cattle duffing, but they must ere long show themselves, and then a good trail will be struck. The police, though kept continually going day and night, are ready at a moment’s notice to take part in any expedition, and only appear too well pleased to be called on for work, their great desire being to quickly capture these desperadoes, and so put an end to the excitement that now exists.


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