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AIR. DAVID SHEPHERD IN CUSTODY…

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AIR. DAVID SHEPHERD IN CUSTODY FOR MISAPPROPRIATING £ 6.000. I VOLUNTARILY SURRENDERS TO THE POLICE. .^Batic confession was made by Mr. Shepherd, of Cardiff, on Monday. Mr. is the secretary of the Cardiff phurch Council, but it was in liis ^ter7l iy as clerk to the governors under the into ??e^a,te Education Act that he walked e e office of his chairman, Mr. John ,e« £ nLlate on Monday afternoon and con- ation at he liacl misappropriated the edu- Vag funds to the extent of about £ 6,000. It ?? Monday that the corporation took ftorg intermediate schools from the gover- Sovfcr ^r- Shepherd was the clerk to the hijjj and the corporation had engaged ^Uo ?■ Continue the work under the new ati°n Act. His exact statement to Mr. in tj.ari was that he was about £ 6.000 short to funds he had that day to hand over corporation. Mr. Duncan was a feeling which will be shared by Of generally, for Mr. Shepherd in one '0rih"e rri0 £ active and prominent Noncon- ^"alel8tB an(* temperance advocates in South le^6' He has for many years occupied a Position in connection with temper- and Dissent, and in Cardiff, at any ^an' ^as ^een tha chief organiser of the Movements promoted by those two Of b.s. Few men stood higher in the esteem had's fLIlow-i-nen; not a breath of suspicion ^9,8 n cast on his probity, and no one ot}le510re amazed than Mr. Duncan and the Governors to learn that the interme- education funds had suffered to the fessi extent indicated in Mr. Shepherd's con- IQJ, ^onie moments Mr. Duncan could credit the statement which Mr. Shep- rQade. The latter was naturally in a considerable agitation, but he per- in saying it was only too true—a which received corroboration from sllePherd, jun a bright and promising follow, who had accompanied hi* °n the latter's melancholy mission to I'\ M ncan's office in the "South Wales Daily Mw buildings. Both father and son the tilat they felt their positions deeply, conscious of his guilt and what it Oot5nt- and the other torn in an anguieh of and distress. ItLa-j' Shepherd went on to state that he had Hwe every effort in his power to get the f(wey> but had failed, and he now came 4(1^ ard to face the worst. Mr. Shepherd, Volunteered the information that his er was anxious to go into the matter. JOHN DUNCAN'S STATEMENT. "Avell 1 11 said Mr. John Duncan, as he after- rd's related to one of our reporters, "this JUSt about the last thing in the wcrla tljjj I expected from a m in of hie character Standing." t.biO' I don't think you had better add any- mor» to what you have said," he parked to Mr. Shepherd, jun. The latter, l^ver, went on to say that his father had over the Temperance Club in St. h^'s-square. The promoters of this club aU got out of it and left him in the He had also given from £ 1,000 to help friends who were in difficulties, hee he was landed, himself. He had Jz to his friends with the idea of securing W 1 help to meet the deficit, and > £ u ^cured a sum of about £ 3,000, but this W ^sufficient, and the cheques had all y returned. u may easily imagine," said Mr. lilteCatl to our reporter, "that I did not ^5^ *° cross-examine or question him. Ii *ll mjr business to do that, so that was 0f?e lhe information he volunteered. He 1 to] ^0 do whatever I wished. Of course, f°rth bim that I had a public duty to per- ho,jn^ lhat, unfortunately, friendship was to stand aside, and that I would at e})r "Droceed to inform the town-clerk, who :1:10, esented the corporation, ae they were £ e« he owners of the property." he left Mr. Shepherd said he held UtW* fully at Mr. Duncan's disposal. The °5inj Replied that he would have to take "l U to what course to adopt. 8hre .hoPe," said Mr. Shepherd, you will unnecessary indignity." •Cr are you going to do now?" asked "\vhnncau- ^jjj^ttfttever you like," was the dejected be think," Mr. Duncan went on, "you had tttr go home and wait developments." will be at home," said Mr. Shepherd, I if you send up a boy or anybody else do whatever you wish." Shepherd and his son then left the and the narrative is continued by Mr. c*an- who, though it was a couple of tii^1"8 later when he very courteously fur- the representatives of this and his h.e Paper simultaneously with the facts as ina ^ere known to him, was still under the ton?pj1?6 °f the shock which the unexpected -j S6^on had given him. Ce ::c once proceeded to the town-clerk's • said Mr. Duncan, "and found that he at Manchester on his holidays, and Iet ee iity-towri-clork was also from t:f)t¡, I then went over to Mr. Walter 1lJte; 8 office He is not the solicitor of the Qlll' iTtlGdiate governors, but he has done all the work, and I wanted his advice. On Co^i?y n;e^ Alderman Edward Thomas ")• the ex-mayor, and he accom- me. I decided at the office to issue a tb to the whole of the governors stating Conf ^1". Shepherd had called upon me and 1!4, that he was £ 6.000 short in his 1lt rt. V. and asking them to attend a meeting chqj^lve o'clock to-morrow at the council- of the Town-hall. then," continued Mr. Duncan, "I inwards saw the chief-constable, and him of what had occurred. The is that Shepherd voluntarily surren- himself to the police, and is now at the 's Mr. tells me that it tbessary to have a specific sum mentioned th^ ? charge as the deficiency, and I believe ti'oj, e is now endeavouring to get informa- H^^hich will enable him to apply for a Vqjyt. The chances are that by now (six he has succeeded, that a warrant has *Nlv ^ned, and that Shepherd is now for-1 jo custody. d¡, I went back to the town-clerk's lti and saw Mr. Cornish, and, after con- with him and Alderman Edward thp as. we decided to send a telegram to th^-clerk at Manchester, informing him Of '^epherd had confessed to a deficiency jlo^OO, and that a meeting of the gover- ti'n,he^n called for to-morrow. Similar ^of^tion was sent to the mayor, and Mr. Mr also undertook to communicate with ^8y8y^Qey Robinson (who is fiVo on his holi- ■h 'Aa aS head of the education committee. Shepherd himself," went on Mr. cha,j>3 n' in feeling tone3, "yon know the cter of the man. He is a teetotaler and ttig^^cntative of a number of societies, and In whom. I had always felt the highest jplence." tj here he called to mind that at the Jhnj)|r6eting of the governors, on Friday, the after dealing with the work of the 1J1)')1 trf3 and other teachers in the referred to Mr. Shepherd's valuable ^Tj|a .as clerk in terms of eulogy, and "elf f-s/5'' upon what pleasure it gave to him- ,r- Duncan') and the whole of the gover- know that Mr. Shepherd had been •< "lfvOVer bv the corporation. ^s\,exT,erier!oe of him," said Mr. Duncan. hat he was one of the clearest-headed Itt¡c:t of men I have ever had to deal with. have been on the hoard for eleven a qtj'.Whatever was -wanted and whenever 0^ l0n was asked he had his answer ready V 9 ttT' wap vcry clear, thoroughly nr> 7'n h^it^'Prk, and never betrayer! tho slightest "on. j have been brought, into more '^l^tte connection with him during the last eighteen months, since the death b.a.e hrfhn Randers, and no chairman could bad a rlerk to back him up better. If .^tod figures ahout anything he would js'lt answer at once. only last Saturday fortnight that brought in the statement of S' au^ited and certified by Mr. David a*id signed in the usual way, and he before me, as chairman, and I ► ancl copies that have to go SM^wity Commissioners, certifying that > ref'-ar nn to the end of March." ncan confessed that he was at a loss ^^0Tmt for the deficiency or to say how OH t,°ne.v could have been abstracted witb- w e knowle-dsre of the governors. It maj tinned that a full statement of «te for year ended March 31. 1904. ^t).t'tl>>li<hed in the "Western Mail" s,S'T!e<J hy Mr. Duncan. a« chairman V ^0verTlor!5- hy Mr. Shepherd, as clerk. v'd "Roberts, as auditor, the last- stating that "I have audited these ta and certify them to be correct." JR.^HAT THE AUDITOR SAID. htincan, continuing his narrative, M W, M having telephoned to Mr. David t,^ the latter came at once to the office ^Mtj^n-clerk. The meeting between the 11 &0T€,rn0ra and the octogenarian v, aB> ae may well be imagined, a ™ °ne. Mr. Duncan quickly disclosed ew. I Mr. Roberts, having recovered from his first shock of surprise, declared that the defalca- tions must have taken place within the last five months, otherwise they would have been detected by him. He immediately undertook to overhaul the books and accounts to verify his assumption. Meantime, Mr. Duncan was left to ponder as to how such a large sum had been secured. His action in preventing Shepherd from per- sisting in his intended confession as to how he had secured the money will, doubtless, have the approval of all fair-minded men. "Tho only singie incident," he said, reflec- tively, "that I can re-call that has the slightest bearing upon these defalcations is this one:—After I had bc-e-n chairman for about three months or so Mr. David Roberts came down to me one day and said, 'There is something I don't like about the way in which David Shepherd pays in the money.' I said, immediately, 'What do you mean?' 'Well,' he replied, 'he ought to pay it in more frequently,' and I am not quite sure, speak- ing from memory, whether he handed me a letter or a statement of figures. He said, 'It ought to be paid in more frequently.' I said, I agree with you; there is no possible reason why Shepherd should not pay in the money more frequently.' He FAid, 'I have spoken to him about it, and told him that it is not safe to keep such a large sum of money in his office.' 'Well.' I said, I am thoroughly with you, and I am very glad tha.t you have mentioned the matter to me. I will see that it is at onoo attended to.' "I saw Shepherd about the matter, and he was perfectly frank with me. He admitted at once that it was the case that the money had not been paid in so frequently as it might have been. He explained that it was owing to the fact that he had been exceedingly busy in his office, and that his head clerk had been taken ill. "'Well,' I said, 'this is not business. What are your instruction 'J?' 'There are none,' he answered. "I said that there ought to be, and, looking at the letter or whatever it was-I think that it was a letter-I said. Put that on the agenda for the next finance meeting.' It was put down; we discussed it at the finance committee, which generally takes place before the monthly meeting. I explained to the committee that Mr. David Roberts had complained to me about the money not being paid in frequently enough, and it was unanimously agreed that specific instruc- tions should be placed on the minutes direct- ing that the money be paid into the bank daily. I anj not certain, but I believe that the words 'as far as practicable' were inserted in the resolution. Practically, it meant that he was to pay in the money daily as he got it." "Mr. Roberts himself," continued Mr. Dun- can, "never suggested that there was any keeping back of money. All he complained of was that it was unbusinesslike for the money not to have been paid in more fre- quently. That is the only circumstance in connection with Shepherd which could have in any way suggested that there should be this trouble." STATEMENT BY MR. SHEPHERD'S SON. Poignant anguish was depicted in the face of Mr. Gilbert Shepherd, eldest son of Mr. David Shepherd, when one of our representa- tives called at the house in Windsor-place pn Monday night. Mr. Shepherd, jun., naturally hesitated to discuss the matter in view of the position in which his father had voluntarily placed himself. "In truth," he said, "I knew nothing of my father's difficulty until last Thursday, when he explained the state of his affairs to me." "Would you care to say anything of the causes which have brought this about?" queried our representative. "I may say," answered Mr. Shepherd, "that my father lost a great deal of money in the Cardiff Temperance Club in St. John's-square, which was inaugurated about ten years ago. The club was formed aa the result of a temper- ance meeting at whioh it was pointed out that there was no good temperance club in the town. My father was one of those on the platform, and when those present who were prepared to subscribe to such a club were invited to hold up their Hands my father was asked to take their names. That was how the club began and how my father became so closely associated with it. Some time later a company was formed, and it became nccessary when the premises were taken that the lease should be in one person's name instead of that of a limited company, and my father, as a consequence, consented that the lease should be made out in his name. The bulk of the financial burden fell upon my father, and as the rental was L150 a year, and the premises were vacant for about eight years, it was no inconsiderable matter. It was, I may say, the reason why we removed our offices from Frederick-street to St. John's-square." Mr. Gilbert Shepherd added that his father largely paid the ratee, gas, &c., of the club, and, in fact. was always putting his hands in his pocket for it, and that eventually when the club was wound up he had to pay "heaps of things." All along his father hoped and believed the club would be a financial success, as there was no other institution of the kind in the town. "Besides this," observed Mr. Shepherd, "my father became surety at different times for friends who afterwards went to the wall; indeed, he hardly seemed able to refuse any- body who asked him for help." During the evening it became known in Cardiff that Mr. Shepherd had confessed to heavy defalcations, nlthough tho exact state j of affaire was not made public. Needless to say, the news was received with a feeling akin to stupefaction, and particularly was this the case at the meeting of the Congrega- t'onal Union in the Park-hall, where a. whisper of the trouble went round the audience. Mr. Shepherd has a large family. There are in all, we believe, eight children, several of whom are bright and clever, and have distinguished themselves in the local schools. MR. SHEPHERD'S SERVICES TO THE TOWN". I Mr. David Shepherd, who is a member of a Gower family, came to Cardiff about 25 years ago, and a few years later he com- menced business as a general accountant. Not only has he been widely known and respected in his professional capacity, but his exceptional organising ability has brought him into further prominence as a public official and a social worker. He was I one of the best-known figures in the town in connection with Liberal politics and with the temperance movement. Particularly at any meeting where temperance work was involved his cheery presence might always be looked for. In his capacity as a public i official he was best known as the clerk to the Cardiff Board of Governors under the Welsh Intermediate Education Act. His cervice under this body dates from its inception, ten years ago, and during its course he has played an active part in much impor- tant work. Such schemes as the build- ing of the fine girls' school • must have entailed upon him a vast amount of labour, which was discharged always to the satisfaction of his board and of his fellow- citizens. He carried through practically all the organisation under the Craddock Wells Scholarship scheme, and in this connection performed the responsible duties of collecting the rents from and taking charge of the properties left by the testator. More recently Mr. Shepherd has been engaged upon the work involved in the transference of the board's functions to the Cardiff Town Council, and only on Friday last, when he was present at the governors' final meeting, his services were the subject of a, high encomium from the chairman. Mr. Shepherd is also one of the elective auditors for the > borough, a post to which he was elected a few years ago, and for which he has again been nominated for the forthcoming election. A few years a-go, too, Mr. Shepherd became a member of the Cardiff Board of Guardians, but retired after only about twelve months' work. A Liberal in politics, he is a member j of the executive committee of the Liberal Association, and has always taken a keen and active interest at both Parliamentary and municipal elections. For the past six or seven years he has been secretary of the Free Church Council. As a prominent Wesleyan, he has been intimately connected with many religious movements in Cardiff, and when tho Rev. Thomas Law founded the Free Church Council Mr. Shep- herd was one of the dozen or so who actively assisted him in the movement, and eventually lie became the first secretary of the new body. He has been a leading member of the Roath-road Wesleyan Church. A few years a.go he served as circuit steward, and is at present one of the three Sunday School superintendents. As secretary of the Cardiff, and District Tempera-noe Hjaon Mr, Shep. herd succeeded Alderman Bbeneaer Beavan, and has been an enthusiastic worker.

IN THE POLICE-COURT.

RE-ARRANGEMENT IN THE BAIL…

MEETING OF GOVERNORS-

INTERMEDIATE GOVERNORS MEETING.

MEETING OF THE EDUCATION COMMITTEE.

- SCOTCH CHURCH DISPUTE.

_----------------VIOLIN SOLD…

NEWS FROM PORT ARTIIUR.

PLAGUE ON THE TYNE.