The Argus at KellyGang 21/4/1879

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A writer in the Advocate suggests the following explanation of the difficulty in catching the Kellys, as far as the sympathy of the inhabitants of the district is concerned: - "We are told that it is an ill-wind which blows no one good, and the truth of the adage is verified even in the case of the Kellys. It appears that there are now some three hundred policemen and a large number of horses in the Kelly country, and that the provisioning of this small army has proved quite a mine for the farmers, selectors, and business people of the district. All they want, it appears, is more men and horses, just to carry them through the winter months. After which, it is suggested that the whole force, Chief Commissioner and black trackers included, should be sent after Weiberg, just to give the Gipps- landers a share of the Government pickings. Whatever may be said of the inhabitants individually, there can be no doubt but that taken as a whole, it suits the district better to have the Kellys at large than to have them arrested."

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