☰ Captain Arthur David Linklater (1870-1951)
During this interview he asked me how much money I had saved and in the event of him giving up business what I would do. I told him if he gave up that I would start on my own as a contractor in Bombay. At once he flew into a temper and said he would never allow me to do that and if I did that he would break me in a month.
From this date on I imagine he planned how he could best get rid of me and at the same time cut the ground from under my feet as far as Bombay was concerned.
About December 20th Dhunjibhoy proceeded to Calcutta to fix up the rates for the next year, and during his absence his solicitor Jehanjir was in charge, and on the 27th of December I called upon him and asked him about the alteration in the clause before referred to as it had been left to Jehanjir to see to. He said Dhunjibhoy would forget about it and to leave it as it was.
On December 31st Dhunjibhoy returned from Calcutta much annoyed and said the rates were to be cut 50 per cent
About January 10th Dhunjibhoy rang me up one evening at 5/30 and asked me to come up to the head office at once. On arrival I found Dhunjibhoy and his solicitor there and both were extremely courteous. After being asked to sit down Dhunjibhoy said “Jehangir and myself have been talking over the question of your leave and have decided it is very hard lines that you should not get away considering that you have not been home for fifteen years and also I have noticed your wife has not been looking very well of late so we have decided to grant you six months home leave. Have you time to go to the Company's office this evening and see about your passages” I thanked him and said I would arrange about the passages the following day.
When the present contract was being drawn up I had wished to have a clause inserted covering the question of first class passage home and out, and Dhunjibhoy at the time said “leave that to me and trust me and you will be all right” His solicitor was present at the time.
I did not bring this subject up and accordingly the following day I booked two first class return passages and paid £232 for them myself. The ships by this time were fully booked and I got my passage in the Mulbera sailing from Bombay on April 15th.
Dhunjibhoy had arranged by this time that he was coming home per P. & 0. mail sailing April 14th, and when I told him what I had arranged he said it would not do at all as I must understand he required at least a month to see how his relief arrangements were going to work after my departure and before he left himself, and accordingly after some time I managed to get booked by the Domala sailing on the 16th of March. This suited Dhunjibhoy and he said if I wanted an extra month of the summer at home to write his solicitors in Bombay and it would probably be granted.
A few days after the passage had been arranged Dhunjibhoy stopped in his car one morning and in the best of moods inquired what I was doing about my flat, and I told him that I would sub-let it as I knew I would have no difficulty in finding some one to take it for six months.
He strongly advised me not to do this as I would find it unsatisfactory; “people break ones things up” he said “and in any case you are returning to Bomanji Hall” he said “and you can sell all your things as my house is fully furnished, and I will not remove any thing of importance so you will have every thing that you require there.” Accordingly I inserted an advertisement in the daily paper and started disposing of my things and gave over my flat to a Mr Rochat, During this period Dhunjibhoy appeared to take a keen interest in how our sale was proceeding, and frequently made reference to our return to his house. The question of my grand piano came up as I did not wish to sell it and suggested that I might remove it to Bomanji Hall, but, Dhunjibhoy told me this would not be a good idea as it might get spoiled by the painters, but feeling that he would have to make some provision for the small things I did not sell he put two godowns at my disposal in his large go-down at Sakerwady, and one of these go-downs now contain a large number of my things not packed up and only placed about the go-down. Books, china, chairs brass curtain rods etc etc.
About March 10th I told Dhunjibhoy pretty well all my things had been sold but that I was retaining my single beds as all my bed linen was good and in his house all his beds being double ones my linen would not suit and it would mean my buying a whole fresh stock. He told me not to trouble on that score as he had any amount of linen that he did not use and he would give me all that I would require for all the beds in his house, so after this assurance I sold my beds and disposed of all my bed linen, as it was of no use at Bomanji Hall.
On March 14th I was called to the head office and Dhunjibhoy's in the presence of his solicitor paid me for the half month of March and gave me six months salary in advance which I signed for. This was paid in cash as he did not wish the staff to know that I had received payment for my six months leave.