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The following per the Tararua at the Bluff, gives a connected narrative of the Kelly affair : ā€˜ Melbourne, June 29. On Saturday evening the Kellys caught and handcuffed a German at Sebastopol, near Beech worth, and compelled him to accompany them to the hut of Aaron Sherritt, who recently kept the police informed of the movements of the gang. There were four constables in the hut, and Sherritt, on opening the door on the German asking for directions regarding the road, was shot through the eye. The rest of the gang then fired a volley at the hut, calling upon the police to surrender. They refused, and acted entirely on the defensive, the night being dark. The Kellys then endeavored to burn the hut, without success. The gang remained outside several hours, keeping the police prisoners inactive twelve hours. Constable Armstrong brought the news to Beechworth at midday on Sunday, when a contingent of police and black trackers started in pursuit. The Kellys made for the township of Glcnrowan, on the North-ea tern line, summoned the stationmaster, and compelled the platelayers to tear up the line on both sides of Gā€™.enrowan. Mrs. Jones' hotel remained in possession of the gang the whole of Sunday. Two bodies of police finally appeared during Sunday night, and surrounded the hotel. Fortunately, they were apprised of the tearing up of the line half an hour before. Superintendent Hare was shortly after slightly wounded in the wrist. Ned Kelly, who had escaped to the bush, returned at daylight. He was wounded in several places in the leg and arm, and after encountering three police, was captured alive. The firing was kept up for several hours between the hotel and the police. On Monday mornsng the gang released the prisoners, who reported that Byrne was mortally wounded, Dan Kelly and Hart remaining in possession of the hotel. At two in the afternoon the Government despatched a twelve pounder gun, with the intention of destroying the hotel. Meanwhile fifty police arrived, and it being important to capture the outlaws before night, they set fire to the hotel, which was coriipletely burnt. During the afternoon the bodies of Dan Kelly and Hart were found charred. Byrne was found quite dead, but unburnt. The platelayer, Cherry, found in the hotel, was brought out and died shortly after- A daughter, aged 14, of Mrs Jones and another child were wounded during the encounter, the former in the head.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 123, 8 July 1880

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THE KELLY GANG. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 123, 8 July 1880