THE MANSFIELD MURDERS
There is for the present no intelligence whatever respecting the Mansfield murders. As showing the feeling of insecurity which prevails, we give the following communication from our correspondent at Wood’s Point, dated December 20:―”The banks to-day send away all gold and money. They have stopped all issue, and closed for two or three days, until further notice. The business people are greatly distressed for want of circulating medium.” With reference to the statement recently made in a Benalla telegram, that the schoolmaster at Euroa rode out to the Faithfull’s Creek station to obtain information, we may state that the gentleman’s name is Walkden, and not Whitehead, as reported.
(BY ELECTRIC TELEGRAPH)
(FROM OUR SPECIAL REPORTER)
Senior-constable Irvine, with a party of seven police, arrived here this evening after being out a considerable time in search of Kelly’s gang, but as far as I could learn they saw little or no traces of them. The men presented rather a dilapidated appearance, their clothes showing unmistakable marks of rough bush life, and their horses, though in very fair order, seemed weary from traversing the steep rangy country they had come across. The party, who are all well armed with rifles and revolvers, start again shortly, but their destination is kept a profound secret. Another party of 10 mounted police were seen a day or two ago not far from Jamieson, but these also had been unsuccessful in their search for the Kellys. They were then on the road to the Wee Ranges. Most of the up-country townships are now well protected, and Alexandra has at present several members of the force stationed in the town. Before the police arrived at Molesworth to-day, I heard that Stewart’s Habeshowe Station, near Ghin Ghin, had been stuck up by the Kellys, who, having been supplied with provisions, took their departure. I made inquiries as to the truth of this report, but have heard so many stories that I really cannot say whether it is true or not till more news comes to hand.
At the police court to-day, Benjamin Gould, hawker, charged with aiding and abetting the Kelly gang under the Felons Apprehension Act of 1878, was, on the application of Detective Ward, remanded for one week.
A large body of troopers came into Mansfield last night, but the object of their visit was manifest when at about half-past 8 this morning they were all mounted for the purpose of forming a gold escort. The matter was kept a profound secret, so as to prevent an encounter with the Kelly gang.