THE REASON FOR SHOOTING SHERRITT.
The Argus of June 28, has the following :– 'The object for taking Sherritt's life is clearly shown. It appears that at one time Sherritt was a friend of the Kellys, but was most inti-
mate with Joe Byrne. He had been several times in gaol, and on one occasion was convicted with Byrne of stealing a quantity of meat. His father, John Sherritt, an ex-policeman, is a selector, now an elderly man, and resides at Sebastopol, which is about eight miles from Beechworth. Tbe deceased man had a selection of 107 acres about a mile from his father's place, and it is noteworthy that he was assisted in fencing it by Joe Byrne and Ned Kelly. He was about 24 years o[ age, of robust health, and was noted as a runner and jumper. His holding was on the Woolshed Creek, in the County of Burgoyne, and about two months ago he sold it to Mr. Crawford, of the Eastern arcade, who is also a large coach proprietor, and has property to a considerable extent in the district. After selling the land he built a hut at Sebastopol, about two miles away, and it is there that he was shot. A few months ago he was married to Miss Burke, the daughter of a well-known fanner at the Woolshed. Prior to tbe Kelly outbreak, as already stated, he was on very friendly terms with the members of the gang and their companions, but recently it appears that he placed himself in communication with the police, and for some months has been employed by them. The in- formation he afforded us to the movements of the outlaws proved highly valuable, and it is stated on good authority that not only did the gang ascertain who was keeping tbe police posted-up, but that they also caused it to be made known in Beechworth some weeks ago that they intended to take his life. The house occupied by Joseph Byrne's mother, there is every reason to believe, was recently visited by the gang, and the information that the deceased was watching the place is supposed to have been communicated to the murderers; in fact, it is stated that the reason that Sherritt went to the house in which he met his death was that be might be the better able to watch Byrne's place."