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THE MANSFIELD MURDERS
[BY ELECTRIC TELEGRAPH]
(FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENTS)
The following prisoners were brought before Mr WH Foster, PM, in the Beechworth gaol, on Saturday, charged under the fifth section of the Felons Apprehension Act with aiding and abetting the outlaws. Thomas Lloyd, John M'lleroy, James Quinn, Francis Harty, Richard Strickland, Daniel Delaney, John Quinn, William Woods, John Lloyd, John Hart, Isaiah Wright, Henry Perkins, John M'Monigan, James Clancy, Daniel Clancy, Joseph Ryan, Robert Miller, Michael Hanney, Walter A. Stewart, and John Steward, alias Smelle. Benjamin Gould, was charged with having, on the 10th December, given aid to Kelly and his mates to rob the National Bank at Euroa All the prisoners save Gould were remanded for a week, to Beechworth. Gould was remanded to Euroa. Superintendent Sadleir prosecuted, and Mr Zincke appeared for M'Monigan.
The report that the Kelly gang crossed the river at Tubbo proves to be unfounded. The men turn out to be drovers.
The four men who crossed the Murrumbidgee at Tubbo are stockmen
from Yanco Creek. They are said to have stolen provisions from Flynn's hut,
and have not yet been captured. They are known to have been running cattle
on the Banks and other stations. One of the men is believed to have been seen
in Hay. The weather is fine and warm.
Our Ballarat correspondent informs us that the "Kelly scare" is developing itself in the district where he resides. Some day's ago he told us that sympathy with the ruffianly murderers who are still unfortunately at large was openly expressed every day at public-house bars and other places of public resort. In our issue of Wednesday last he gave our readers a sample of the remarks in which people-evidently of criminal tendencies- are accustomed to indulge. On Saturday he gave us particulars of an outrage by some hulking rascal who gained admission to a house tenanted only by females, whom he frightened almost out of their senses by representing himself to be one of the outlawed gang. But there was a marked contrast as regards the fate which befell the homicidal sympathisers and the masquerading scoundrel respectively. In the former case our correspondent informs us that " half a dozen gentlemen present in the bar left their liquor untasted and walked out, disgusted at what they had been compelled to listen to." There was no remonstrance or protest on the part of these dignified citizens. Without a word in consultation, apparently, they unanimously determined to sacrifice their sixpen'orths and go out. When Prince Bismack was a younger man he heard the King spoken disrespectfully of in a drinking saloon. He did not walk out or lose his liquor. He simply tossed oil' his lager, and then threatened to knock the brawler over the head with the empty pot if he did not apologise. The apology was forthcoming. Is the majesty of the law of less account than the majesty of a king? Now to the second case. We are told that- "Luckily, a gentleman was passing the house at the time, and his assistance was called. Entering the place, the gentleman pluckily tackled the intruder, and as resistance was shown, promptly knocked him down, and then with characteristic coolness pitched the fellow head first into the street, to meditate upon the results of playing NED KELLY for the purpose of scaring unprotected females." All honour to the gentleman who so acted. We should like to know his name, that those who feel inclined to " walk out" might know where to look for an example when next brought into contact with KELLY'S admirers. Openly expressed sympathy with the murdering villains who are keeping the North-Eastern district in terror is an insult to every honest man in the community, and we do not think that the magistrates would deal very harshly with any one who might act to regard it as a personal matter.
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