The Argus at KellyGang 6/6/1879

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The Wangaratta Dispatch says :-" An old bushman expressed an opinion last week in (Wangaratta that the Kellys were not five miles away from a place known as Derby's Flat, where they at one time dug for gold. He also stated that the country was of that character that men acquainted with it could hide away so as to render it ¡almost impossible to find them. The locality alluded to is that from which the party under the command of Mr Superintendent Furnell lately returned. It would seem that the Kellys have been given even to small kinds of depredations for some time past. Long before the police were shot the bushman to whom we are alluding was located on this flat, and erected a substantial hut upon it. Whilst he and his mate were out it is supposed that Dan Kelly and some associates cleared the provisions. This was bad enough, but subsequently they returned, and took away a favourte kangaroo dog belonging to the bushman. He heard it was at Mrs Kelly's house, between Benalla and Winton. Being an old soldier, he packed his swag, and in it put a loaded revolver. He went to the residence of the Kellys, a where, sure enough, he found his dog. Mrs Kelly only was at home, who claimed the dog on behalf of Dan. Nevertheless, the owner took possession of it, and unpacking his swag, produced his revolver, stating if there was anyone who wished to dispute his right he was prepared to receive them. He was allowed to take his dog away. At this time Edward Kelly was at work at a sawmill at Corowa."

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