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Trial of Ned Kelly.

The trial of Ned Kelly is now proceeding   at Beechworth. We take the following   from the Argus August 5.   Two charges will be preferred against the

prisoner—first, that he murdered Constable     Lonigan, and, second, that he murdered Con- stable Scanlan ; and it is the intention of the prosecution to adduce separate evidence in support of each charge. Mr. Foster, P. M., will preside, and Mr. C. A. Smyth, Crown Prosecutor, and Mr. Gurner, solicitor for the   Crown, will act as prosecutors. Mr. Zincke, M.L.A., has up to the present been retained for the defence, but, he states that he has thrown up the case. It appears that the   friends of the prisoner fancied that it would be better to have two solicitors, one belong- ing to the Constitutional party, the other belonging to the party at present in power. They there communicated with Mr. D. Gaunson, desiring him to act with Mr. Zincke. The latter, on hearing this, at once retired from the case. The friends seem to think that if they employ a supporter of the existing Government for the defence the prisoner will have a better chance, and they themselves will be afforded better facilities for visiting him in the prison. Mrs. Skillion,     Tom Lloyd, and a few sympathizers have already arrived Beechworth, and more sym- pathizers are expected.           According to the surmises of a gentleman behind the scenes, and, consequently a good authority, the reason why Mr. Gaunson has been engaged is, that he may be able to acquire a private interview between the                     prisoner and his friends. It is asserted that     the gaug carried away a great deal more money from the Banks they stuck up than was reported by the officials. There is no doubt the balance of the booty is planted, and that Ned Kelly is the only person alive who knows where the plant is concealed ; hence the desire to have a private interview between him and his friends. Mr. Gaunson,   on his arrival, proceeded at once to the gaol, and had a long interview with his client. It   is probable that he will apply to-morrow for a remand once more. An incident has leaked out about ths career of the gang. Kelly has stated that they had been amongst snow, and that in fact they had to clear several feet of snow off a hut they lived in, and the deduc- tion is that they have lived for some time amongst the Bougon Ranges. It is now the unaniuiou3 opinion of the police authorities that the Kellys were never, as was popularly supposed, in the Strathbogie Ranges. Tiieir principal hauuts were between Glenrpwan, Greta, and Scbastopol. More over, they never travelled on horseback except when on some- exploit. Their general custom was to carry a small tent with pro visions ia fiue weither, and camp in the middle of some large scrubby paddock. They would aUitt their tents for a short dis tance every night, but would not make a great change unless -they had reason to sup pose they had been seen. When their pro visi^is became exhausted - they woald ? have resort to their friends, and in -wet and stormy weather they generally sought some sriendly shelter. It is now known for a eertainty that Byrne often slept on the premises of a man who lives, within two miles of Baechworth. This man, ; on hearing of the destruction of the gang and. the death of Ryrne, absolutely shed tears. A singular story is told* by one of the constables who was present in. Slierrit's hut oa the night of Sherritt's murder. He states that a conversation was being carried on between Sherritt, 'Mrs. Sherritt, Mrs. Barry, and himself, and- that the subject of their remarks ..was -Joe Byrne. Sherritt-then proceeded to- tell .-.a $&rn: -about Bryne and himself having once been arrested on a serious charge. He said they, assaulted a Chinaman .and, uearjy. killed him. The .Celestial, in de«d .was;.so..oe$- «i«th';g.dpw*kftt;lie=had to; beied with a sHver:r4iriSe^ -:He himself wsS' arrested some .Jtiaie after,, .but Bryne- sue-, ceeded in evading the police. Whilst he was lying iu the Beecnworth. lockup one jiigut he -heard some one knocking outside, aad on asking who it was, heard Joe Bryne reply, ' It is me ; I am^oiug to help you to escape.' Sherritt said hs repli&l, ?' Tne Chinamen is getting better, so yoa hwl -better give your self uj-, and do not bi a fooL' Byrna took bis advice, surrendered, and secured legal assistance, aud was acquitted. Just when Sherritt hid finished this storya knock came to the door, ami, as is now well-known, it proved to l-e the intimation of ths final visit iShcrritt was to receive from Byrne. The maker of the armour which the Kelly gang wore at Glenrowan has not yet been ?discovered, and, according to some reports received, the police believe it was manufac tured by the gang themselves, whilst experts deny the troth of this statement, asserting . that it is the handiwork of an experienced blacksmith. This mucli, however, is known, that the manufacture of the. four suits occupied four or live months, that a gool deal of time 'was wasted in experimenting with different material ; that circular saws were first tried aad found wanting ia resist ance to bullets ; that iron tacks were also tried and found to be not buliet proof ; aud that the moulds of ploughs were ultimately adopted. It has likcirfse transpired tint the iiret suit made was defective, and was there fore thrown aside. The armour -was used for the first time at Glenrowan, and Jnttst have been carried to .tfiat-. place on pack horses. ' ' The 5aa Iteartlon, who Wis ?wounded at ; G!enrowaa, h'»s now been dts-j'iarged from ' fcJie WanjaraSta Hospital. The circain

stances under which he was shot have been considerably elucidated. It will be remem bered that bis mother escaped from the hotel before daylight She ran out of the back door and came round by the gable of the house to the Railway Station. About a minute after, her son, a tall youth, en deavoured to escape in the same way. Sergeant Steele, who bad arrived by that time, and had taken up a position close up to the rear of the building states that he saw the figure of a man and he called upon him twice to surrender and throw up bis hands. The person, however, simply stooped and continued to run, and he (Sergeant Steele) then fired at him. The shot he fired was a charge of slugs, the most of which lodged .in intervening fence, but one pellet entered .the lad's shoulder — it afterwards proved to be young Reardon — and after striking the bone passed into his breast under the ribs. Reardon states that when struck he simply felt a kind of blow, and did not know that he ..had been wounded. Afterwards, however, he suffered great pain. Ho still continues to suffer a little, owing to the surgeons at the Hospital having been unable to extract the sing. Whilst the fight was going on bullets were flying in all directions, striking the Railway Station, the* train, and McDonald's Hotel, and, as has been subsequently dis covered piercing the goodshed in several places.

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