130 DIGGERS STAND TRIAL
The Argus December 5
Mr. Wifron has arrived; the examination of the prisoners begins today before him. I hear there are now some 130 for trial. Altogether, I believe, there were 155 prisoners; but many have been discharged, giving them the benefit of a doubt, when recognition was uncertain. The force which attacked the stockade was above 500, and all that defended it under 150. Of the diggers about fifty have been killed, and a great many wounded on the road to and from that place. Rumour says that far more than three soldiers have been killed. It is said that five at least were buried on Sunday evening. The wounded are dying fast; nearly all the wounds got in the affair are proving mortal. One of the diggers' captains, a Canadian named Ross, died yesterday morning, and was buried in the evening. About 300 men accompanied his remains; they walked quietly and orderly, under the espionage of the Camp, on passing which all who were present had to be inspected by some of the force, who stood on the wayside and spotted men who were at the stockade or thought to be so.
The force from Melbourne will be in today sometime. I hear that two troopers were killed yesterday at Warranheep. White-boyism will, I fear, become the order of the day. Mr. Seekamp, who is dangerously ill, is at length taken; but there was an issue yesterday, after his arrest, under Mrs. Seekamp's own management.
It is said that the Spirit of the Age is either to be transplanted up here, or that Mr. Youngson will start a new paper on Ballaarat.
As far as I can learn, the armed digger force is not broken up by any means.
Two men and a woman were shot dead last night by the Camp, because lights were burning in their tents after eight p.m. under the regulation, or notice, of Saturday, although since then, after the affair of the stockade, another notice, which I think I copied into my last, invited all parties to follow their usual occupations.
As far I can make out, you need not be under any apprehension in Geelong as to a visit from the diggers; although many think you are just taking the very steps to bring yourselves into notice. The "mob" that is out as yet are not plunderers; from what I can learn, any harm in that way arose from the presence and agencies of Government spies, who were amongst the diggers and who urged and led on to plunder, that they might be detested of all.
From the notice of motion given by Mr. Fawkner in the House, it appears that he considers the diggers of Tuesday last at the so called Gravel Pits trial, as "worthless idlers." Opinions differ, and many persons are disposed to bestow very uncomplimentary epithets on that gentleman, for his love of soldiers and dislike of diggers.
I must be very brief today; but as I fear I will have to send an express, I can then make up for my writing now. After my being about all day, getting information, I found myself and two friends who were with me, coming over Bakery Hill, under a shower of bullets from the Camp. As I happen on the New Road, to be within the martial law districts, I dare not have a candle under pain of being fired at, and was compelled to go to bed, where, as I am well-nigh knocked-up, I overslept myself.
Do, for any sake, send me more papers; I'll have the office torn down else.
Arrested, but not sent to Trial
Charles Adams, Nicholas Allaire, Richard Allen, Carl Anderson, James Ashburner, William Atherden, William Avondale, James Barclay, Thomas Barry, Henry Bazley, Thomas Bisk, Edmund Bohen, Thomas Box Charles Brown, Edmund Burn, Michael Butler, John Cahill, Patrick Canny, George Davidson, Thomas Degan, John Delamere, William Develin, Thomas Dignum, Charles Doolan, Michael Dynan, Joseph Ellis, Nicholas Edwards, John Fenwick, Charles Ferguson, Alexander Fraser, William Galloway, Patrick Gilhooly, Michael Gleeson, George Goddard, Joseph Gray, Timothy Hayes, James Hepburn, Patrick Hickey, Joseph Hindon, Isaac Hinds, Jeremiah Hogan, Patrick Howard, Richard Humphreys, John Joseph, Charles Keddar, John Kelly, Michael Kennedy, Patrick Kennedy, Francis Kent, Martin Kinnear, John Leadlow, Robert Leslie, Jacob Lorenson, John Lynch, Daniel Macartney, Joseph Macknon, Dugald Magennis, John Manning, Edward McMahon, Patrick Meade, Michael Meagher, William Molloy, Thomas Murphy, Kennedy O'Brien, Matthew Orr, Thomas O'Rourke, John Pardy, Samuel Penny,Joseph Penrose, Cornelius Peters, John Phelen, John Powell, Peter Priaulx, John Quin, Henry Reid, Henry Robilliard, John Rodan, Alexander Ross, Martin Ryan, Martin Ryley, Walter Ryley, James Sexton, Patrick Sheedy, Arthur Smith, William Somerville, William Stafford, William Steer, Herman Steinman, George Thompson, Thomas Tighe, Henry Trynon, Joseph Walker, William Wickley, Robert Winkfield, Andrew White, William Wright