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First. Does anyone notice the news on cloning technology and it’s feeling of not saying everything? They predict that they could one day produce a complete human being. Anyone think it’s already been done? I do.
Which is why I will be acting like Daniell Kelly today, I am his clone.
So what am I doing “here” of all places, I happened to hear that your having a re-trial of my good brother Ned, and I was asked to contribute so I’ll be defending him just as Ned did me in his day.
Now a days it is believed that a man can be rehabilitated. Oh but what is this I hear my good brother being labelled … “an hereditary criminal” this is insulting me too here, “a vicious killer” that I’ll get to soon enough and “a man incapable of civilised behaviour, which…. I don’t know about you but saving a boy from drowning is civilised. Polite speech and behaviour towards even the victims of your actions can still be considered civilised. Near every one Ned robbed considered him a very polite person. These people with their accusations are obviously neglecting to mention all the efforts that Ned put into our property as well as his labouring jobs and breeding horses.
Ned realy was a good man, the best I ever knew, he just had a way of having his circumstances get the beter of him. Ned’s “crimes” realy only got serious at stringy bark creek when the traps decided our lives wren’t worth living.
Most people would use what happened there to dam Ned. Fools. They just don’t understand, I suppose I should help with that part now. What happened was … hell it wasn’t planned that’s for sure.
I was working at bullock creek, which isn’t really far from stringy bark creek. This is where wild Wright came and told us about the undertakers and the dreaded Spencer.
Some time after this Ned found some suspicious looking tracks he thought belonged to the police. Innocent or guilty don’t matter, when you’re a wanted man you don’t ignore things like this, so Ned and I followed these and came upon their camp. Seeing those traps armed to the teeth turned my stomach cold. It sealed our fate, with jack-all firepower ourselves we were dead men.
Dead man or not Ned was not one to just lie down and die. He figured that with those wepons we would stand a chance againsed any thing thrown at us. So that was what decided that we would stick up the camp, not greed or hatred, but hope.
The two men on sentry were constables Lonigan and McIntyre who we took for constable flood and Strachan. Strachen of course was the man who self-proclaimed would shoot Ned down like a dog without even crying hold. Of course this man actually being lonigan was no reason to jump for joy either; he was not a man to turn your back on.
Anyway when we told these men to “bail up” they were not of like mind. McIntyre obliged whereas lonigan thought he’d rather shoot us down and died in the process by one of Ned’s newly acquired bullets. I will admit we did come to… commandeer their possessions but lonigan did fire first, thus my brother was obliged to shoot him back. I suppose he should have gone for the arm, but I don’t think he thought of that being shot at and all.
Things quietened down a bit after that for a while, but constables Kennedy and Scanlon felt they needed to stir the ant nest back up. Up until then Ned was feeling pretty bad about killing lonigan. I told him its only murder to kill a human that lonigan was beastly and didn’t count, but it didn’t really cheer him up. What did make him forget his troubles however were our two new arrivals.
Upon their return the constables were greeted with a lone McIntyre who informed them of the situation. Offcourse being the men they were, they reacted to your surrounded with an attack. Yet again Ned was forced to fire in self-defence and yet again take another life.
Scanlon was now dead, but we still had a police officer behind the gun still aimed at us. Kennedy retreated into the bush, (more like fled) Ned would have let him leave but he kep’d firing as he went so Ned followed him. It seamed like days but finally Ned came back and he was the saddest man alive.
I’m sorry but I can not see Ned as a vicious killer, he only fired when fired upon and even then it made him feel dirty, gee’s he looked on the verge of tears when he came back. He took that one to his grave.
These people who are so quick to conclude that this man was evil didn’t see the man, only his actions.
What does it matter what the man really did any way, Australia has so few legends why can’t we just remember him so. And don’t say “because he doesn’t deserve it”, mention say Alexander Fitzpatrick to people on the street and you’ll get blank stares, say Ned Kelly and instant recognition. You’ve gotta admit the guy must have done some thing right.
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