26th March 1941

Extraordinary development in “coin stealing” case. Detective came in today and informed Poulter that three young boys had been apprehended, and had stated that Chapman had found them with the coin drawer open, and had taken the coins away from them. This Chapman has now admitted, so I suppose these were the coins I found on the cabinet on Monday night. This is an amazing and discreditable affair, and Chapman will be very lucky if he does not lose his job. Whether any other action is taken will depend on the police. Poulter is very despondent as to his chances.

Heavy rain again tonight. My streams and ditches at Bourne Pond in full spate, roaring like Welsh cataracts.

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