Update on Ned Kelly’s health (October 1880)

Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate (NSW : 1876 – 1954), Thursday 21 October 1880, page 2


NED KELLY (the Melbourne Herald learns) is cheerful and hopeful. He displayed in gaol none of the bloodthirsty characteristics attributed to him. He was indeed so mild and quiet in his demeanour that it was difficult to reconcile him with the terrible bushranger of the newspapers. The wound in his foot seemed to give him the greatest trouble. It appears that the ball entered between the big toe and the next. Striking the bone it went down to the sole of the boot, from which it rebounded to the top of the instep; there it lodged until it was extracted a few days after the Beechworth trial. In his conversation Kelly said very little respecting his career or the events for which he will have to answer. He spoke always of the present and future, and seemed to believe that he was a very much abused man.

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