4 / 1/1879
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KellyGang in women's clothes
He passed the house of a well-known gentleman here, who observed afterwards that he had seen the likeness of Hart, and he believed the person on horseback was the veritable man. You will remember that at Younghusband's station a woman's hat and veil were found, supposed to have belonged to Hart, and in a telegram I sent you soon after the murders I mentioned that the gang had been seen in company with a woman, who undoubtedly was Hart in female attire, a disguise peculiarly his when wishing concealment. His features are rather effeminate. Connect this with the fact that a man was locked up yesterday, arrested on the previous night, for threatening language and avowing his sympathy with the outlaws, who gave his name as Hart, and said he was a brother of Steve Hart, and the rumour has every appearance of credibility.
The police also appear to have got some clue as they have been busy this morning making preparations, and have just left, in three different parties, armed with rifles. I have just been informed that the man who was released last night, after having done the six hours in the logs, went away on horse- back—probably the one led by the supposed Steve Hart. He is said to have threatened that as soon as he was liberated he would join the Kelly gang.
The police have just returned, bringing four men handcuffed, who are known to be closely leagued with the outlaws. Their names are—Hart (brother to the murderer), Lloyd (brother-in-law to Kelly), and a man named Delaney, and another Miller. The police are on the road with another man, whose name I believe to be Perkins.
A trooper this evening arrived dragging a grey horse that can hardly walk, supposed to belong to some of the gang. Armed police men are guarding the cells, and no one is permitted inside the camp-yard. I think the prisoners will be brought up tomorrow morning and remanded.
A detachment of the Garrison Corps passed through Benalla this morning en route for Beechworth. Early this morning a detachment of five troopers started off in the direction of Winton, and nothing more than a passing notice was bestowed on the circumstance, but a rumour was current throughout the town to the effect that startling news might be soon expected; so it turned out, for about 6 p.m. a waggonette, escorted by the aforesaid five troopers, was seen coming down the main street loaded with passengers. On coming closer several well-known faces were discovered, including that of the notorious Jim Quinn. On inquiry at the police office, I was informed that the following persons had that day been arrested under the 5th section of the Outlawry Statute, viz., James Quinn, Francis Harty, Thomas Lloyd, (sen.), John M'Elroy, and John M'Monaghan. They will be brought before the magistrates tomorrow morning, and probably sent to Beechworth gaol.
The town is in a great state of excitement, and further news of the Kellys is hourly looked for. I learned by telegram from Mansfield that the following persons had been arrested there under the same section of the Outlawry Statute, viz. :— J. Hart, John Lloyd, jun., William Perkins, Daniel Delaney, Patrick Lloyd, Robert Miller, and Isaiah Wright. I understand four similar arrests have been made in Wangaratta. Now that this lot have been lodged in safe keeping the police anticipate soon succeeding in arresting the outlaws. Nothing fresh has transpired of the whereabouts of the Kelly gang.
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