THE POLICE MURDERS
The police have not yet succeeded in obtaining any definite information as to where the Kelly gang of bushrangers are at present. A party under Inspector Brooke Smith have been searching for the past few days in the direction of Yarrawonga, but have found no trace of the miscreants in that district. The authorities in town, however, possess some information, which cannot in the public interest be divulged, but which, they anticipate, will enable them to unearth the ruffians in a few days. On the other hand, some experienced members of the force are inclined to think that the gang have crossed the Murray, and are now probably well forward on their way to Queensland. In support of this view it is stated that they have a friend near Howlong who could easily have piloted them across the flat and over the river, whilst it is well known that the Kellys have numerous friends on the other side and all along the route to Queensland. Something definite ought to be known in a few days.
(BY ELECTRIC TELEGRAPH)
(FROM OUR SPECIAL REPORTER)
Benalla, Friday, 11 P.M.
Nothing fresh has transpired to-day respecting the Kelly gang, and the police who have been out in search for many days have had a short rest, which both they and their horses required. Inspector Brooke Smith, who has been out for some days with a search party in the direction of Yarrawonga, returned to Wangaratta to-night, and has telegraphed to Superintendent Nicolson that the Murray was so high, the flats on either side being flooded for miles, that it was impossible for any one to cross except at the bridges. Mr. Nicolson will go to Wangaratta to-morrow to receive Inspector Smith’s account of his search, which, although it has proved fruitless, shows that the ruffians have not been in the direction of Yarrawonga. There are still two or three parties out in various directions, but no reports have been received from them to-day. One of the troopers who was of the party yesterday, but got separated from them and missed the track in the ranges, came into Beechworth to-day, but he saw no signs of the men wanted.