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To-day the excitement in reference to Kelly gang and the fate of its members has greatly subsided, … it is satisfactory to learn that the district appears to be quieting down. Very little additional particulars are to hand, but such as are obtainable are given below.
Last night a telegram was despatched to Superintendent Sadleir from the central office to learn his opinion as to the reported collection in force of the friends of the outlaws. The following answer was received and appears to set all doubts at rest:-
“I have not heard the rumor referred to. I know the friends of the outlaws are much excited, probably from drinking. In the absence of the coroner, I recommended the justices to issue an order for the burial, in order to let the excitement die out. I saw no use in bringing the police into contact with the friends under present circumstances, and am quite prepared in every respect.
“ JOHN SADLEIR , Superintendent of Police”
A singular circumstance connected with the outlawry of Edward Kelly and his comrades is the fact that the act was only directed to be in force until the end of the last session of Parliament. As a matter of fact then the gang were not outlaws at the time of their death, the early prorogation of Parliament having really destroyed the validity of the act, as Parliament being out of session, it became null and void.
Ned Kelly , who is still a patient in the hospital of the Melbourne Gaol, slept well last night, and to-day is stronger. His recovery to perfect health will of course under the circumstances be slow, but it is now perfectly certain that he is out of danger. He is still allowed none but farinaceous food, but of this he now partakes in moderately large quantities. He is not communicative except when spoken to, and then he converses freely. Except immediately after his reception at the gaol he has not expressed the wish that he had shared the fate of his companions. Kelly continues to be constantly watched by another prisoner, and the door of the ward in which he lies is still kept locked. He is attended by Dr Shields , the medical officer of the gaol. The interview between Kelly and his mother, which took place yesterday, was of a very affecting character to those who witnessed it. Ned , though not demonstrative towards his mother, or exhibiting very much emotion, nevertheless showed that he was sensible of the painfulness of the meeting. He exhibited a proper filial affection according to his own rude nature; and she, on her part, thought of that class known as bushwomen, hardened by a rough and almost savage life, exhibited that maternal instinct and solitude which is hardly ever absent. She is described as a woman who on a farm would probably be agreeable in her way, and useful. Mrs Kelly has now returned to her former occupation in the workroom of the gaol. She is not to see her son to-day, but it is probable she will be allowed to have another interview with him for a short time to-morrow.
WANGARATTA, This Day,
The funeral of Dan Kelly and Hart took place at Wangaratta yesterday afternoon. The coffins were conveyed in a cart from Greta , at which place a large number of the friends of the Kellys assembled. Only a few attended at the cemetery, and the bodies were interred very quietly. The friends then went back to Mrs Skillian ’s hut. A number of people were there, including James Kelly and Dick Hart . The feeling expressed on all sides concerning the manner in which the police fired into the hotel is very strong, and expressions of disapproval are to be heard on all sides. A priest who came up from Melbourne yesterday warmly condemned the action of the police. He was told that the police did not fire at haphazard into the hotel, but this he would not believe, and said that it was his opinion, as well as that of the majority of persons interested in the matter, that the firing was carried on most recklessly, and it is a matter of wonderment that more were not shot. All is quiet at present.
At Wangaratta on Monday Sergeant Steele’s dog was poisoned, and last night and to-day he received two letters threatening his life. It is now known that Joe Byrne was keeping company with a girl at Beechworth, and was often in and out of the township, the similarity in appearance which existed between Joe and an other brother named Patsie enabling the former to pass himself off as the latter.
Last night a party of police went to Glenrowan in order to afford protection to several people there who had taken part in the encounter of Monday last, and also to watch the movements of some suspected persons, who appeared to be inclined to violence. There were a number of persons there during the evening, ut a heavy fall of rain coming … diseased. A portion of the police returned this morning to Benalla, and report matters quiet.
Great curiosity was expressed regarding what has become of Kennedy ’s watch. It was supposed to be in the possession of Ned Kelly, Detective Ward is most anxious to glean some news of it, and states that he will make a searching inquiry; for it is believed and currently reported to be in the possession of Mrs Skillian, but she, when questioned on the subject, states that it was in the possession of Dan Kelly and was destroyed by the fire. This however, is improbable, for some remains of it would have turned up. The ruins of the hotel have been turned over by visitors, and fresh relics are being constantly found and seized upon. Any little thing connected with the affair draws a crowd of curious people
Most of the men lately attached to the Victorian Navy, on board the Cerberus and Nelson , who received notice that their services would be dispensed with from yesterday, were this morning to be seen in the front street of the “fishing village.” They were all attired in their ordinary costume, and for some time it was wondered what was the reason of their being on shore, instead of in their vessels afloat. The explanation was soon obtained, when one of them being interrogated remarked that they now belonged to the unemployed.
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