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FINDING OF SERGEANT KENNEDY'S

BODY.

A general feeling of regret wa9 expressed throughout the city on Thursday afternoon when it became known that any hopes which had been entertained with regard .to the

safety of the missing Sergeant Kennedy had been dispelled by the discovery of the dead body of the unfortunate officer. The melan choly intelligence was brought into Mans lieldjbetween 1 and 2 o'clock on Thursday, by a search party under the direction of Inspector Pewtress and Mr. Tomkins, the president of the shire. Many conjectures had been made as to theprobable fate of the missing Bergeant, but while a general impression appeared to gain ground amongst the people in the locality that Edward Kelly and his baud of marauders had taken Kennedy with "them to the King River, scarcely anybody ventured to do more than hope that the gallant officer, who appears to have been ruthlessly shot, had not been murdered. The worst fears, however, have at length been realised, and the desperadoes have added another diabolical deed to their atrocious crimes. From the particulars telegraphed by our correspondent it appears mat the search party, consisting of 16 volunteers and five constables, arrived at Stringy-bark Creek at half-past 7 o'clock on Thursday morning, and

renewed the search. Shortly afterwards their j

labours were rewarded by one of the volunteers I named Henry Sparrow, an overseer at the Mount Battery Station, finding Sergeant

Kennedy's body within half a mile of the i camp where Constables Scanlan and Lonergan ! received their death wounds. The body presented a frightful spectacle, and from the manner in which it had been mutilated was scarcely recognisable. The unfortunate sergeanthad evidently attempted to escape from his murderers by the same track as that taken by Constable M'Intyre when he jumped upon Kennedy's horse and rode -off, as bullet marks were

risible on some of the trees in the line of the i track. He had been shot through the side of the head, the bullet coming out in front, and carrying away part of the face, while

several other .bullet wounds were found on his body, one of which had penetrated the lungs. His jacket was singed as if a bullet had been fired into his body from very close quarters, probably after the unfortunate man had fallen. The remains were placed upon horseback, and conveyed into the township, where the excitement over the deeds of the outlaws appears to be increasing. Sergeant Kennedy was a vigilant officer and generally well liked, and much sympathy is expressed for his widow and five children, who, however, are believed to be in tolerably good circumstances.

If a telegram, which was received on Thurs day evening from Chiltern, is to be credited, it would appear that Kelly and his gang are endeavouring to make for New South Wales, and by this time have probably crossed the border. The following is the telegram re ferred to:—

" Chiltern, Oct. 31, 3.30 p.m.

" Kelly and three others stuck up a man named Neil Christian near Baumgarten's place, at Bungowanah, before daylight yes terday morning, and obtained provisions from him. Kelly threatened to shoot Christian should he give information. Intelligence was not obtained till this afternoon. Assistance required to scour the country in the neigh

bourhood of Bungowanah. I

"Jambs Lynch, Sergeant."

Bungowanah is a small township situated on the banks of the Murray, on the Vic

torian side, nearly opposite to Howlong, j on the New South Wales side, and is believed to be a well-known haunt fre

quented by the Kellys. One night in August { 1877, eleven horses were stolen from four | farmers residing at Moyhu, near Greta, at which latter place the Kellys then lived. Some time elapsed before information of the offence was given to the police, as it was thought at the time that the horses had only strayed away. Ultmately the police traced the missing horses to the pos session of the Baumgartens, who are two farmers living at Bungowanah. The Baum gartens, who were brothers, were tried for receiving the horses, knowing them to have been stolen, the result being that one brother was convicted and sentenced to a term.of imprisonment in Pentridge, while the i other was discharged. From inquiries made at the time, it was elicited that the Kellys had sold the horses to the Baumgartens, and it was whilst endeavouring to arrest Daniel

Kelly for horsestealing in April last that Con-' stable Fitzp&trick was Bhot in the wrist by j Edward Kelly, and so narrowly escaped with his life. The distance between Greta and Bungowanah is between 70 and 80 miles, and as Hie Kellys had travelled between the two placeson several occasions, and were evidently well acquainted with the track, it would certainly be within the bounds of possibility that, after having murdered the three con stables on Saturday last, they at once made for the residence of Baumgarten, with the intention; no doubt, of crossing over into New South Wales. The wisdom of such a step on tbeirpaci may be questioned, as from the wild And almost inaccessible nature of the country near Mansfield, they might have held possession of their secret

fastnesses for some time to come; while I by passing into New South Wales they will get into comparatively open country. Whether this be the case or not, it now re mains for the police to hunt down the

maurauders with merciless severity, and to I leave no stone untamed to effect their cap-, ture, dead or alive. . I

No official information was received by the police authorities in Melbourne yesterday

about the Kelly gang of bushrangers. The ' report that the miscreants stack up a man. named Neil Christian, at Bungowanah, on Wednesday morning is considered credible * for two reasons—first, because the Kellys4 were heard to say some time ago that if ever ; .they took to the buBh they would] either make their stronghold - in the { ranges of Towong or north-eastern dis

trict of Victoria, or else make tracks: for New South Wales, and. cross the

Murray near Howlong. If they have j

probably be in their^outey0 The second

reason is that the man Christian is believed to be a trustworthy person, and one not likely to■ originate a false report Detective Brown has l been frequently on duty in the Chiltern dis trict, and took an active part in the recent prosecutions against the Baumgartens,: one of whom and a pal named Kennedy were convicted last month: of receiving: stolen horses. The horses in this case were supposed to be stolen by the Kellys. a sus picion that was confirmed to some extent by the circumstance that the convicted Baumgar ten and Edward Kelly were seen together in a hotel at Benalla soon after the the ft. The. Baumgartens are a family of farmers whose holdings are situated near the Bongpwahah Font, oh -the River Murray, Adjoining

their lands is a farm . belonging' to Neil Christian* bnt although there I was; tome intimacy. betw#m ..,-jhph,. dhi;

-

most respectable person, and so u* t

being m league with the offenders hB^"1 evidence against them in the recent i?^8ave tioiis. It Is asked why the S

up Christian, if they were ttai kIu 8^ck their mates, did not caU for their n^ and at some of their supposed friends' stead of showing themselves to a

would report their visit. The «« ® given to this query is that thev w probably at first mistaken Cl72L,

place for the house.of a friend. wlU8 report.uncirculated yesterday to the efi that the gang had bailed up a puntman crossed the river. If this statement is

and the other report authentic, the nunt « ferred to might be one just below Christian^ house, kept by a inan named O'Keefe ft the other hand, however, some tZ gard these statements with suspicion, airi consider that the Kellys ate more likdt to conceal themselves in the mostinaccessihio ranges of this colony. Those who think an set down the report that they have made for New South Wales either as a ruse to miaianS I the police,' or as an exaggeration of some m

cident altogether disconnected with the Kellv gang. ThiB. view; is substantiated to some extent by some intelligence which reached Benalla yesterday. Ont special reporter tele

graphed the following

• . ■ . " Benalla, Friday.

" Particulars received as to Chiltem case render it highly improbable that the Kellys were the partieB. The men were not mounted it does not appear that they had arms, nor are the descriptions like. The necessary steps have been taken, however, in case the report should be well founded."

The report is evidently believed in Chiltem where it came from Originally. Our corres pondent there has Bent the following tele

gram:—

" Chiltem, Friday evening.

" Considerable excitement continuesTFour ! armed troopers reached here by last night's

late train, and other four by the L30 p.m. train to-day. The first four have gone in the direction of Baumgarten's, on the Murray, I hear, while two of the second four have suddenly left again—fresh information, sap If the gang have crossed the Murray, it is to be hoped that they will find the New South Wales police on the alert for them.

The Outlawry Bill passed by the two Houses , of Parliament this week was assented to ! yesterday by the Governor, and the pre 1 liminary steps were taken to have the four murderers outlawed. The Governor's pro clamation of his assent appears in another column. An information against the offenders has been sworn by Mr. Mainwaring, of the de tective department, before Mr. Call, P.M., and warrants issued. The further steps necessary under the act will be taken to-day by the Attorney-GeneraL

With regard to the complaints contained in our yesterday's telegrams as to the want of a sufficient number of police and of proper weapons in the Mansfield district, we are assured by Captain Standish that everything possible is being done to meet the require ments of the cake. There are several parties of police in the field, whose proceedings are very properly kept secret. The Government have purchased about 30 double-barrelled breach-loading fowling pieces, which aie stated to he very effective weapons, and the most suitable kind for the use of those who are not trained marksmen. The Spencer rifles are certainly superior both with regard to the number of shots they can discharge and the distance they can carry, but although their mechanism is very simple, it is con sidered that they would not be so useful in the Bands of those who ate not trained rifle men as thefowkng-pieces just obtained. The tatter are of course bemg despatched to the

field of action.

(FBOM OUB SPECIAL BEPOBTEB.)

1■ . BENALLA, Fbiday.

This place is removed by too many hours' nvel from Mansfield, and the coaches run loinfrequentlytevery other day), for one to lnnly late information as to the matters in 32rLs thhre To-day the .telegraph wire , fTnnafirid broke down, and communica onwas cut off. The stationmaster has iken^stepa to find out where the accident ^ occurred, and effect repairs. To the

at present. it is of the utmost lmpor

open. Thkmornmg

came down the road, from Mansfield, ,Swome particulars as to the action of WsdS^B sSparty, of which he was one

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, . 1(>ftve in order to go out. It will not serve hi! inhlic interest to mention the details of

Si already carried out, but a consider

■ L n»mber of separate parties are now out. ?P fs the opinion of some people that the Vnrd placed on Kelly's head is still too iZll but there are reasons why. we should

owe the capture of this marauder en Sr iy or chiefly to t ie treachery of his «/nnnintaiices. The interests of the district require that the police shall absolutely clear 5' horde out, so that for the future bad characters may not be encouraged to look upon the ranges as a Bafe retnat

The reported appearance of Kelly and his nartv at Baumgarten, eight miles beyond rhi!tern, has not yet been confirmed. It has Len already ascertained that Christian is a trustworthy farmer, but the account was brought to Chiltern secondhand, and loafers are rather numerous everywhere. Nothing would afford the police greater relief than to hear positively that Kelly has taken to the open country. Should it be the real men who have appeared at Chiltern we shall Boon hear 0f it. There is one reported fact which gives some colour to the statement

gamely, that four armed men, taken for police, were seen on the top of the range about 20 miles from Mansfield, on Sunday. They were on the track which Kelly would be likely to follow if he wanted to make the Murray; but all reports of this sort, even when circumstantially related, have to be received with the greatest caution, for the next few days every party of strange horsemen will be taken for the Kellys.

At the time that Edward Kelly accom panied Power on the trip that that desperado took via Malmsbury to Little River and back, Superintendent Nicolson, who was then at Kyneton, saw Kelly, and was so taken with his appearance that he had a serious talk with the lad, and got him to listen favourably to a proposal to quit the bad company he was in and go to a station in New South Wales. Kelly had not then committed any offence and seemed somewhat eager to go, but one of his relatives got hold of him and took him back to Greta. The opportunity to save him from the career of crime upon which he sub sequently entered was thus unhappily lost

BY ELECTRIC TELEGRAPH.]

(from our special reporter.)

BENALLA, Friday, 11 p.m.

The report given by Neil Christian Peter, o! Bungawannah, has been ascertained to be incorrect; but four men somewhat like the Kellys were seen in another part of the same district on Wednesday by two fanners named Monger and Margarey, one of whom brought intelligence yesterday to Barnawartha PoOce Station, whence it has been forwarded hither by post to-day. It is stated by George Munger that he was stopped by four men on the banks of a lagoon near the Murray. They were armed, and they demanded provisions. They threatened to throw him into the river if he did not get what they wanted. He was detained for three hours, and warned not to make any reportbeforeSunday. Two of Margarey'e sons, who happened to be on their way to the lagoon, were stopped, and turned back. One of the four men appeared to be wounded, and lay on the grass all the time the party stayed. This is consistent with the mode of Kennedy's death at the fatal camp. If he ran away immediately after M'lntyre, he would have time before he was overtaken to draw his revolver and fire at least one shot. The bullet marks on-the trees would show that several shots were fired at him besides those that hit him.

Munger was confident that the four men were Kelly's party. The report reached here just before Superintendent Nicolson started by the 8 o'clock train for Wodonga to-night. The facts on whichtbisdespatch is founded did not reach me in very clear order, but the story has probability. The weather is very wet, and much against the men in the ranges. M'lntyre has been moved from Mansfield on account of the state of his health and nerves, which are still. considerably. shaken. The ManBfield telegraph line is repaired. Short letter by last train.

[BY ELECTRIC TELEGRAPH.]

(from our own correspondent.)

MANSFIELD, Friday.

An inquiry on the body of Sergeant Ken nedy has just been held at Mansfield. Con stable M'Intyre corroborated his previous statements. He believed Kennedy had sur rendered, bnt he heard shots fired while he was escaping. Henry Sparrow deposed to finding the body about half a mile from ramp, near a tree that had bullet marks in A The spotwas an open space of about 10 lank and the tree was between Kennedy and the camp. Constable Orreaid there were no signs of a scuffle. Other witnesses corroborated this. Doctor Reynolds deposed that he had no doubt death took Phce on the same day - as the deaths of the other constables. There was a lame wound in the centre of the sternum, caused, u was supposed, by a charge of shot fired at a very short range. It passed completely through the body, coming out of the back, it wag believed to be a shot wouud from its fire, and the appearance of the rent through the clothes. There was also another wound, mrapfly under the. right arm, which was probably given when Kennedy held rip his J/™8- Upon escaping, and on seeing that

murderers would show no mercy, fie had «uen. The gang, then'coming up, had put the mnaaeof agunclose to his breast and shot him Shronghtiiehody, which was inan awfulstate. rather Scanlan has arrived to be present «the burial About 200 attended Kennedy's

?jaW °* Melbourne, apdctheRev. Mr.

,Chui«h of England clergyman, nf .forhoiiBe performed the .gracious act

piacing a wreath of flowers on the coffin. W ^ conducted by Father Scan s'- All business places were closed. The

has been interrupted since 11 o'clobk.

j(e«5 Opposed to have been cut by some of at rtov°v ate8. Four troopers left here aniSSJ # 1 ^ia morning. No news has

?om..any search party. It has been

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