The Argus at KellyGang 24/1/1879

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The four bushrangers now known as the Kelly gang are apparently as far off capture as ever. Three months have elapsed since the murder of the three troopers near Mansfield and notwithstanding that the whole of the resources of the police department have been brought into play and that money has been lavishly spent no more is known of the whereabouts of the outlaws than was known three months since. The police have certainly taken one decided step in arresting 20 persons who are known to be friends, relatives or confederates of the Kellys. These men have been lodged in Beechworth Gaol during the past fortnight and it is believed that by keeping them under close surveillance in this manner the supplies winch are known to be forwarded to the out laws will be stopped. Twice have they been brought before a bench of magistrates at Beechworth and remanded under the provisions of the fifth section of the Outlawry Act, but a half promise has been made by the magistrates that when they are again brought up the evidence shall be gone into, and a decision given one way or the other. A hawker named Ben Gould hag been committed for trial from Euroa on a somewhat similar charge, the allegation being that at the time of the bank robbery at that township he was heard to say that he 'would have £500 out of the bank." At the time he thought he was speaking to the bank manager, but unfortunately for him they were two Government officials who heard him.



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