MYSTERY MAN'S STORY
SYDNEY, November 23.
The story that Dan Kelly, brother of Ned, the bushranger, is still alive, is gaining credence.
A little, old man, living in poor cir- cumstanccs at Greta, has told interview- ers that Dan Kelly, who is still alive, is 70 years old now—" The same age as myself."
" He is a tall chap, very like myself," the old man says. " In fact, you would not have to go far from here to find
The old man is suspiciously accurate
as to the date and time of various oc-
currences connected with the Kellys' ex- ploits.
He declares that Joe Byrne and several travellers from Seymour were in the hotel at Glenrowan at the time of the fire and two of their bodies were wrongly assumed to be those of Steve Hart and Dan Kelly. Steve, according to the mystery man, got away to India, but died at Colombo. Dan Kelly, how- ever, after going to the Boer War, re- turned to Australia as Mr. Smith.
Now, rumour has it, he is somewhere in the vicinity of Greta, New South Wales. It is a coincidence that the first trouble with the Kellys occurred near Greta, Victoria.
Reports from Melbourne also state that Mr. R. J. Stubbs, of Kew, says Dan Kelly is living in a small town in New
(The story that Dan Kelly escaped when the hotel at Glenrowan was burnt down over 50 years ago crops up from time to time. The identification of the remains of Hart, Byrne and Kelly was conclusive at the time of the incident. The fact that Ned Kelly got away from the hotel and was shot in the legs when giving battle to the police, is advanced as an argument that Dan Kelly and Hart may have escaped.)