The Argus at KellyGang 14/2/1879

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In referring to tho warning which Superintendent Winch gave to the managers of suburban banks the other day, asking them to be on their guard against a possible visit by the Kelly outlaws, a contemporary endeavoured yesterday to represent the circumstance so that it might reflect upon the management of the police department. However inadequate the police have been to cope with the outlaws, it is only fair to Captain Standish to explain that he knew they were making some move in the Murray district, and was never deceived by any rumour that they intended to descend upon the suburbs of the metropolis. The warning circulated by Mr Winch was lased upon a paragraph from an up country newspaper, sent by a constable to Mr Nicolson, the assistant commissioner, who requested Mr Winch to bring it under the notice of the banks in a quiet way as a matter of ordinary precaution.






It is believed that the Kellys are only a short distance from Jerilderie, and waiting to ascertain the movements of the police. Residents are positive there are still confederates in town who are informing the Kellys of everything that is going on. Four men were seen riding on bay horses six miles from Jerilderie, well armed, and looked like police, asking the road to Conargo. It has since transpired that they are not police.


The last three known confederates cleared out this afternoon. An incident occurred to-day which plainly showed that the men who only left this afternoon are well acquainted with the movements of the Kellys.


It is stated on good authority that five men, supposed to be the Kelly gang, passed through Urana at 9 o'clock last night. They had six horses, and one was recognised as Constable Devine's. It is rumoured that the gang is in the neighbourhood of Wagga, but this is doubted. Yesterday Sergeant Dale, in charge of two mounted and six foot police, arrived from Sydney. The mounted men and two foot police remain at Wagga, and the remainder will be distributed about Narandera, Urana, and Albury.


Considerable excitement was caused to-ay by the report of the proximity to Echuca of the Kelly gang. At a late hour last night the Deniliquin police communicated with the Echuca police department to the effect that the outlaws were in the vicinity of Deniliquin, and had made inquiries as to the shortest road to Moama. Deniliquin also asked for reinforcements of police, and two Echuca troopers were sent. Sergeant Hayes, of Echuca, has since received instruc- tions to be watchful, and four troopers have been sent to supplement the local force. The Moama police have gone out towards Redbank in search of the Kellys.

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