CAPTURE OF NED KELLY. THE OUTLAW MORTALLY WOUNDED. DEATH OF STEVE BYRNE. DAN KELLY & HART STILL IN OCCUPATION OF THE HOTEL. [BY ELECTRIC TELEGRAPH.]
The following was issued as an Extra from our office at 9 o'clock last night : — Melborne, Yesterday. Particulars of the capture of Ned Kelly are received. Twenty-five civilians had been bailed up by the Kellys when the police arrived, at three o'clock in the morning, when a fight commenced. Ned Kelly took to the bush but returned at daylight and joined his mates in the fray. They fought hard, but Ned Kelly received a shot in the groin, and was captured. He lies mortally wounded. The rest of the gang hold Jones' Hotel with all the civilians from the neighboring station, who were bailed up. Jones' Hotel is situated at Sebastopol, two miles from ; Ballarat. j A later telegram says : — Steve Byrne is dead, and all the civilians released by the outlaws. Dan Kelly and Hart still occupy the hotel. Incessant firing has taken place between them and the police, but it is expected that they will surrender to-day. The outlaws are covered with chain armour to protect them from shots.
The following additional particulars may not be uninteresting as to
The Greta Murderers. It is now nineteen months since the outlaws of Greta, or as they are better known, the Kelly Gang, slaughtered in cold blood Sergeant Kennedy, and Constables Scanlon and Lonigan, who had been dispatched to the haunts of the ruffians in the Wombat Ranges, near Mansfield, Victoria, to. arrest them on the charges of horse stealing. From that time up till yesterday, the gang, which consisted of only four men, all under 25 years of age, had succeeded in not alone defying the power and resources of the Government to effect their capture, but have varied the tedium of their retirement in their mountain home by occasional raids on local banks, which in skilful organisation and daring, surpass anything related in the history of Greek and Spanish brigandage, not to mention the adventures of such vulgar scoundrels as embellish the pages of the Newgate calendar. With a reward of LB,OOO offered for them dead or alive, and notwithstanding the expenditure of of nearly L 30,000 in their pursuit, the authorities were unsuccessful. The constables who were murdered were good and tried officers, and to their memory a monument is erected at Mansfield, by public subscriptions from the inhabitants of Victoria and New South Wales. Captain Standish, the Chief Commissioner of Police, at the unveiling of the statue a short time since, expressed a hope that the villains would be soon brought to justice. The names of the murdered men were Michael Kennedy, born at Westmeath, Ireland, aged 36 ; Thomas Lonigan, born at Sligo, Ireland, aged 34 ; and Michael Scanlon, born at Kerry, Ireland, aged 35.