BUSHRANGERS AT THE COAL RIVER.
On Friday the 1st instant Mr. Reid brought Mr Jacob's shepherd before Captain Allman and Mr. Close for neglect of duty, and for being deficient four wethers, which he could not in any manner account
for. In consequence of which these Magistrates sen- tenced the shepherd to receive a corporal punishment of 50 lashes and to be returned to Government employ. On his way to Newcastle he effected his escape from the constable who had him in charge, and that night or early next morning stole three mares and two colts from Mr. Reid's yard, on the Monday morning at seven o'clock, just as Mr. Jacob's men had been ordered to the different employments on the farm, and, al of them had gone excepting two, this shepherd (by name Reiby) and these two rushed into the house, seized the overseer, tied his hands behind his back and then to one of the verandah posts, one of them holding a large knife over him threatening to run him through the body if he made the least noise or resistance; and after having secured him they seized two musquets and a sabre that were in the house, and proceeded to where each of the other men were and tied, them one by one to trees, and then plundered the house of blankets, provisions; and every other article that could be of any service to them, very fortunately, however, one of, them got himself, disengaged in the course of two hours and: then liberated the rest; when the overseer immediately ran over to my farm and informed me of the, whole occurrence. I did not lose a moment, in arming some of my men and pro- ceeding after these freebooters, and after some hours was enabled by the assistance, of some native blacks, to trace the horses to the top of a mountain about eight miles distant, where we found them. tethered and almost the whole of the articles plundered from Mr. Jacob's tbbncealQU ^ articles,;*^uch as amm ttfjvfc'eyiv-tihder- bo^ thes-rgiiri^ we;tracexljthctn iromVtha^ form^andj niglrtcomm^^ iiJ^tliicHS'f.^ gence of ? riieirlia'viiYg'^ Knd~irdbbeU'h~is-pre^ riition, clothes, &c.— afte? se'euring his'* ineiv the same a's i*Vh'ey- did [fiirT*- JacobJs' .?';- a'n'd^fi'dm the saine_souyce-T' i'lece'iv'e'd J'informaHi«i'\li^ all the gentleiuen's .hb$s6sj! va: :''th^' -fteig-hbbiirliood. ?Thel^hav.e^been- sb&^ aftetvthein'-'-Vitiee ; Vtfu^ltist^iigli t ';tli;ey robbed Mr; Maziera's1 oVerseer/6f5twb ^rittisquct's -. and' 'all the a'm niuriition lie' hadj'jandfajW^ t'imfe'-they were' .' four = in - number, ?)}: ariothe'r -x-f -M rt Jacob's .men^havmgpj6inedVth'etoVt^ie preceding ^ud they inforraed-MiViNIaziere^ many moi'e tqjoin thenv ye^*sborivr^p'X^ ^n a cbmpjete up'roar intliis part of 'Jtherjioantryt there being no Police whatever,;. rto-,protect us.::':.They now 'havo six mus(JuetsVna' blunderbuss,: si-£r pistols,' and a fovviing piece, besidejra sabre', to' my knowledge^ and it b hard- to say ho\y''tHfc'*afTair^ they are not secured before, others 'of .the '.v'saihe cast join them. It is nielancho\ly;:-to':jse'e\i'-saclr'.'a^V'ex.tcnt'--of .country and '.so''' nmchgf/roperty ^ left, uhprptecte'd, for ivant of eve1i;thVc*rdttjary J?oUce in o'thejr-partsof the eouiitry. it is hovvefrer 'to be Soped that this may
opsij, thoiSeyes of\Gove.rnmpnt, and be flip, means of,5.at any event? tlieir^aTntpniing us the' samc-,prote^c.tionMi^ thn'restaSf the Colcniy. *--;1! ^f - i July 9, 1825..; ;'H\ ?? : * ^ '-^* :$ #; ???- ? (Another Account.) On the first,ins.t..I had occasion to take two men of Mr. Jacob's to' Mr. Close, the. J. P. one for'neglect of the sheop, he was sentenced to receive 50 lashes, and the constable was directed, to take .a number of pri soners to Newcastle ; he escaped, ^returned a'nd l:ook ttvo horses from this. 0' the morning of the^4th he and two other men of Mr. Jacob's' entered the house of their master, took two guns and a sabre, tied the overseer and men, plundered the house and made off. One man was so fortunate as to untie himself and he liberated the others; the overseer immediately re- ported it to Mr. Macleod, his neighbour, who as- sembled two free men in his employ, and the natives, accompanied by Mr. M'Intire, traced the runaways, found the horses on the summit of one of the highest hills; they then continued to track thcm, until the dusk of the evening put an end to their pursuit. That, night the three men robbed the hut of Mr. S. L. Harris, and obtained good supply of fire arms; called at my men's huts' on ,their.,way back, I was prepared,' and I dare say the fellows. thought it -more prudent to depart. On Tuesday morning the 5th inst. ? I sent to Mr. Close, J. P. distant' ten miles, ^ for a soldier; lie replied, ''he sent all. his' force' to St. Patrick's Plains, a soldier- and constable,' he ( would howevor send after them.' By this opportunity . I received , a letter from him, dated- the 2d instant, iu which, ' he mentions' the escape of Mr.-Jacob's 'man from the con stable, who' was, as usual, without arms, notwithstand ing repeated applications to^Sgduei/,'; aiul concluded, by regretting ' he had not an 'opportunity of for warding his letter of the 2ud.'_ On Wednesday noon a party of soldiers arrived from Newcastle ; I mounted Lind'sent them in pursuit of the fellows.. Government ought to establish a,, sufficient Police in this quarter for the protection of property. It is madness to ap pornt constables without arms, and disgraceful- to imagiife the only Ji P. 'for'_ this extensive district should not have the means of yndhlg-a letter on the escape of a felon. Great -praise is duo-to Messrs. Mac leo'd and M'lntire for their exertions; I' feel confident [ never could have recovered the horses had it not been for their exertions— at the time this occurred I- was lialf-way to Newcastle, batl:teturnccl_ the. inoment 1 lieard. it. . I had almost forgotten to mention one of th'e men presented a gun at the overseer to shoot him, but was prevented. ' ** .. . f, .*****