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THE~CAPTUEE OFMACPHBRSON, THE
BUSHRANGER. d '
(From the Maryborough Chronicle, April 4.)
THE capture of Alpin Moopborson, the bush- ranger, generally known aB tho "Wild Scotch- man," was roported in Maryborough on Satur- day morning last from tho telegraph station at Golden Fleece, by a telegram from Mr. A. H. Brown, Gin Gin," to the Polico Magistrate, re- questing bim to send on two constables to that station to toke the prisoner to Maryborough.' The constablos woro immediately despatched, and reached Giu Gin lato tho samo night, re- turning without dolay to Maryborough with their prisonor, whoro thoy arrived on the evening
of Monday lost.
A correspondent sends us the following account of tho capture :
" I supposo thot the world will bo wondering how the "Wild Scotchman" has been token : the affair is Bimple enough in itself, and, of course, not by the police. A man answering to his description had been Been on tho morning of the 80th ultimo, and had boen inquiring for a road whioh ho did not, it Bcoms, intend to travel ; ho was again seen within a short dis- tance of Munduran by two gentlemen living at Gin Gin, and they instantly proceeded to tho Munduran head-station, and roported thoir sus- picions as to who it waa, to tho mnnoger (W. Nott, Esq.), who, with praiseworthy prompti- tude, joined them, togothcr with another per- son, making in all a party of four, and imme- diately started in pursuit. They overtook him about fivo miles from the station, in the direc- tion of Port Curtis. When he saw thom in a full 'gallop, and nearly upon him, ho instantly let go*his pack-horse, ond started at full speed down o very broken range. Being well mounted they followod, and were fast gaining on him, when he pulled up, and commenced to unstrap a double-barrelled gun, which he had with him. Upon his commencing to do this Mr. Nott covered with his rifle, and told him that if he did not there and then throw up MB arms and surrender, he would firo at him. This threat, fortunately, was sufficient, as Macpher- son at once said, ' I givo mysolf up.' He added, ' I knew you wero not the police by the pace at whioh you followod me down that ridge,' and he described, with somo humor, the absurd attitudes which he had witnessod in police horsemanship-some holding on by the front, and some by the back of tho saddle The prisoner was very communicativo, and ap- peared cheerful. Those who were instrumental in his capturo were, Messrs. W. Nott, Curry, Gadsdon, and J. Walsh. The first night ho was lodged at Munduran, the second night at Gin Gin, at both places he was watchedjdny and ? night, and was taken by the police from the
latter place on Sunday, 1st April. I trust that the Scotch ranger will not make April fools of us, but we havo strong doubts of his safe arrival in Maryborough. There was found on him about £9 in notes and cash, pistols, gun, and sundry articles of clothing. His two horses are done up. He behaved in a very orderly manner since his apprehension, and gives an amusing
account of his adventures."
The prisonor was brought up before the bench of magistrates yesterday morning, when he was remanded until this day week for tho purpose of giving on opportunity to summons tho sorveral .witnesses necessary to complete the evidonco in the case sufficient to commit him for/trial,
i The Court-house M as crowded with spectators, amongst whom there seemed somo disappoint- ment at tho appearance of the prisoner. Some because ho was not so " flash," and othcrB bo cause he was not so ferocious-looking as thoy expected. The prisoner, however, anawors to the ordinary description of a bushranger, such as of late have been BO frequently described in lîew South Wales journals-a bushman, hardy, strong, and supplo ; in Macpherson^ caso, we should say of more than ordinary intelligence and courage. He evidently takes mottors very coolly, and does not appear at all discomfited by his present position. He has been very communicative since his capture, relating, evi- dently with truthfulness, judged by the mmutio of tho dotnil of his narrations, some vory racy tales of his interviews with the polico in and
about Gayndah, whilst thoy have been in search
Macpherson commenced his career as o bush- ranger, it appears, on the Houghton Eiver, in the Bowen police district, where, with others, he stuck up Will's public-house ; after which, he and his mates not agreeing, ho left for New South Wales, where ho carried on Iris infamous career until ho joined Gilbert's gang, with whom ho had several encounters with tho polico, two with Sir Frederick Pottinger, by whom ho was severely wounded, after which, in on encounter with Sergeant Condell, ho was again wounded, and this time captured. However, although re- manded from week to week by tho local bench, no evidence could be brought against him im- plicating him in any of the robberies, and he wos then forwarded to Sydney charged with shooting at Sir Frederick* Pottinger, but that gallant officer (much belied) died on his way down to Sydnoy, and the ohnrge, in conséquence, fell through. Ho was then remanded to Queensland, on the charge of sticking-up Wills' public-house. On his way up he passed through Gladstone, and the fol- lowing appeared in a letter from oui- own cor- respondent at that place at the time :-" Wo had rather an important arrival from Sydney hy the James Patterson, in the shnpo of a per- son delighting in the euphonious names of ¿err alias Bruce, alias Scotia ; but as to -what part of Queensland he is to adorn I think it would be hard to sny. Ho is a young mon, about twenty-four years of age, strong, tall, and well made. He is charged with sticking up a pub- lican named Wills, on the Houghton River, in January last, and attempted murder. Ho was placed iu the Glndstono lock-up for safe keep- ing, but ho soon showed them he knew as much if not more, than the Davenport Brothers, for they profess to bo assisted by spirits ; but ho relieves himself from leg-irous and hand-cuffs without aid, and if it will obligo you, in your presence. He soys the handcuffs are not yet made to hold him." Ho was remonded to Port Donison." He reached there in duo course, where, after magisterial investigation, ho was committed to toko his trial at tho lost October assizes. On his downward trip to Rockhamp- ton gaol to await his triol, he justified our Gladstone correspondent's remarks by a very clever escape, of which the following particulars are givon in the Bockhampton papers of last Juno:-"Macpherson WOB given into tho cus- tody of constable Maher, to bo conveyed to Rockhampton, and lodged in the gaol to await bia trial. Tho prisoner and Maher went on board the steamer Diamantina, at Port Denison, and wero provided with berths in tho steerage. The Diamantina left Port Denison on Thursday morning, mid reached Mackay, on tho Pioneer, at 11 o'clock tho following morning. During the stay of the steamer there, Maher suffered his ehorgo to wander about the vessel with merely leg-irons on, and paid no attention to the ad- vice of the captain, who recommended him to secure the prisoner iu the steerage, lest ho Bhould effect his escape. About half-past 5 o'clock on Saturday morning tho prisoner was seen near the cook's galley. He was missed about on hour afterwards, and on search beiDg mado his presence was found wanting. The steamer left Mackay, and brought Maher to Rockhampton "minns his prisoner." After fetting rid of his leg-iron, tho next thing
eard of him was that of taking a horse, saddled, and bridled, which a squatter hod just dismounted at one of his out-stations, while on his rounds looking öfter lus sheep. It is sup- posed that after this ho employed himself in horso stealing, but ho managed to keep him- self incog, until November lost, when he sud- denly put in an appearance on the road be- tween Maryborough and Gayndah, robbing the mail on the 27th of that month, ou tho way donn, and again tho upward mail on tho day following, taking therefrom a large amount, chiefly in cheques and orders, which he sent, a few days afterwards, to his Excellency the Governor, reserving the cash for immediate wants. From this time he seemed almost con
stontly"engagod"in his-villauous~^vork7'nioving I about from one_ distriot" to another with such I marvellous rapidity as to throw;'his pursuers
completely off his Bcent. Some days riding upwards of one hundred milos, making it impos- sible thot all the robberies reported as being committed by the '"Wild Scotchmen,"! woro done by ono and the samo porBOU. Indeed, the remarkable cdlority of movoment which, was tho causo of his so long successfully eluding the polico was eventually the main occasion of his capture, as on tho day of his capturo, ho states, that ho had ridden ninoty milos through a broken country, aud his horses woro com- pletely knooked up, and would not, at lost, anBwer to tho spur. He states freely that he was on his woy to Mr. Halt's -paddock, at Kolonga, to got fresh horsos, intending,, as soon OB ho got a romount, to stiok-up the moils hi the distriot again. In his pack was a regular bushmon's outfit, added to which was all that might be necossory to doBporado, a large American axe for breaking through fences or building yards to catch horses, a beautifully-fitted case of surgical instruments, with lint, balsams, and other cura- tivo agonts, a pooket compass, &c. Of course, it is hardly necessary to say that Macpherson is a splendid bush rider. We believe that some of his oxploits oro marvellous. Tho fow inci- dents of his pnst lifo wo have to relato aro, that he ia a native of Scotland, and on his arrival with his father in this colony, found employ- ment with Mr. M'Oounell, of Cressbrook ; after being thoro a few years, ho was apprenticed to Mr. Petrie, of Brisbane, ns a stonemason. Ho has beon an extensivo rcador, and was on active member of a debating socioty hi connection with tho School of Arts. On the occasion that Mr. Lilloy, the present Attorney-Goneral, brought in his Militio Bill, whioh excitod the indignation of his constituency, Msophorson re- lates that, at tho " Valloy " meeting, where Mr, Lilley was mobbed, ho wos his prominent de- fender, and assisted him to moko his escape Soon after this he ran away from his oppron ticeship, ond took to the road.