The Ovens and Murray Advertiser 13/3/1879

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On Wednesday two young men, arrested by Constables Johnston and Bell named respectively Thomas Lloyd jun and William Tanner, were brought before Captain Standish and M B McBain JPs charged with assaulting the police and damaging their clothes. They were fined 5s each for damaging the clothes of the constables, and one weeks imprisonment for assault. Lloyd was discharge under the 5 th Section of the Outlawry Act for aiding and abetting the Kelly gang, and was remanded for one week. William McCauliffe was charged with the same offence and was remanded for three days on application of Sergeant Whelan who promised to bring forward evidence at that time.


As usual, the Kellys, if newspaper reports are to be believed, are all over the country, and it really is surprising that, supposedly, well conducted journals should give evidence or space to the majority of the impossible reports which are being circulated. The real fact is that the authorities do not know where the outlaws are, so completely are their movements concealed. The Queensland black trackers, under the Command of Lieutenant O’Connor ? ? ? ? ? day wanted ? distinction being very properly kept a secret. We do not think these men can do much, unless by some other sticking up freak, the gang give them an opportunity of getting on a fresh track. At present the gang are in hiding somewhere, and the public should record all the reports so industriously and then mischievously circulated cum grane ? ? ? deal of nonsense is published, which has a very shameful effect, and causes senseless people to ? murdering ruffians into positive heroes.


Tuesday, March 11th

(Before Mr WH Foster PM)


James Quin and Francis were charged with giving to Edward Kelly, a prescribed outlaw, and his accomplices, such information as would tend to facilitate the commission by them of further crime.

Superintendent Furnell conducted the prosecution; Mr Zincke appearing for the whole of the eight accused men.

Mr Furnell applied for a remand for seven days.

Mr Zincke protested that the men had already served a sentence of nine weeks, and on every occasion that they were brought up – of which the present was the tenth – not a single witness had been put into the box to give evidence against them. If the accused men took steps to avenge such treatment when they were let loose (which he supported would be done some time), no blame could be attached to their legal advisors ? ? were to advise them to do so. What reason had Mr Furnell to advance why the men should be detained in custody.

Mr Furnell answered the same reason ? those before advanced.

Mr Zincke : “Then the men will remain in prison so long as the Kellys are in existence. (To the Bench): The gentleman who sat on the Bench during your Worship’s absence would not accept the excuse with regard to the police not being able to attend as evidence, but only the other plea.”

His Worship granted the application for remand, at the same time requesting Mr Furnell to supply to the Chief Commissioner of Police to have the necessary evidence forthcoming at the end of that period.

Mr Zincke contended that as the police had handed over their functions to black trackers and the New South Wales police, the accused should be let go.

Richard Strickland and John Lloyd were then brought forward, similarly charged.

Mr Furnell applied for a like remand as granted in the former case, Mr Zincke protesting.

His Worship stated then he had received a letter from the mother of the former prisoner, and would advise Mr Furnell to act upon it, and make enquiries.

Mr Furnell promised to do so, stating that he had received a similar communication from the same source.

The remand was granted.

John Quin and Isaiah Wright were next placed in the dock together, similarly charged.

Mr Furnell applied for a remand for seven days.

Mr Zincke protested, for the same reasons he had previously stated.

His Worship, in acceding to the application, trusted that the police would be able to collect evidence during that time, and bring it forward on Tuesday next.

Mr Zincke to Mr Furnell: “There; you have seven days in which to manufacture evidence .”

Mr Furnell: “That is sufficient.”

Daniel Clancy and James Clancy were then similarly charged, and remanded for a week; Mr Zincke protesting.


"The History of the Kellys,” is, the Mansfield Guardian states, now in print, and will be ready for issue next week. The pamphlet is compiled by well-known residents of Mansfield, and will be found to contain a well authenticated history of the Kellys from childhood, together with their pedigree and the recent acts (up to the present date) which have made them so notorious.


The Daily Telegraph is still inconsolable about the withdrawal of the Government advertisements. The Telegraph certainly has reasons to complain, for the Herald , which is one of the most anti Ministerial journals in the colony, and whose circulation is only exceeded by The Age receives nearly as many Government advertisements as the latter journal. How this comes about is difficult to understand, if the withdrawal of the advertisements from the Telegraph was dictated, as Mr Berry alleged, from economical motives. The proper way would be to advertise only in one Melbourne journal and to give more advertisements to the country Press. Country newspapers are shamefully treated in this matter, and while three Melbourne daily papers draw a princely revenue from the Government, important country journals get little or nothing, being restricted to purely local advertisements. These local advertisements should certainly not be inserted in the Melbourne papers at all events. Why should important country news papers not have advertisements of interest to the general public?


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