☰ Captain Arthur David Linklater (1870-1951)
I was paid at the rate of Rs. 1300 per month
less income tax. The monthly house allowance of Rs 300 per month was
not given, and would have amounted to Rs 1800 and no portion of the
bonus which was in reality deferred pay was given this amount would
have come to Rs 2,500.
[in ink in the margin: 3124/15/-]
On March 15th our last day in Bombay we were invited to have tea with Dhunjibhoy and Lady Bomanji at the office and my wife and son and myself attended. They were both in the best of spirits and all manner of good wishes were offered us for our holiday, and it was hoped we would come back much improved in health etc etc.
The following day the 16th of March we sailed for home in the Domala, and it appears from letters from friends that almost immediately after we got away it was all over Bombay that we were not coming back.
We arrived in London on April 9th and as Dhunjibhoy had hinted that he would like us to meet him when he arrived we waited and met him on his arrival on April 29th at Victoria. He appeared very pleased to see us and did not give us any indication that any thing was to be changed for us. He said he wished us to come to the Willows before we went North, and to let him know when we were going.
On our informing him a few days later that we were going North on the 12th of May he invited us to lunch with him at the Ritz on May 10th which we did and there were besides themselves and our selves about half a dozen others at the party. He was exceedingly cordial and inquired about our holiday plans and as to what ship we were returning by and being told that we had booked our passage back per the Matiana sailing on September 28th this appeared to be to his satisfaction, he remarking that he was going out in October per Kaiser-I-Hind, and that he would see more of us when we returned to London prior to our departure.
During the lunch there was some talk of his going out this time to wind up the business, but nothing about ourselves. On this same day that he was entertaining us to lunch his solicitor in Bombay was writing me a formal letter of dismissal.
Understanding we were returning in six months we left our little girl Doris aged 16 at Morvi a place 18 miles out of Bombay with friends, and our two boys Bruce and Dudley aged 14 and 11 respectively up in the hills at Panchgany at school. Dhunjibhoy knew this quite well.
We have also left at Bombay
Having in mind that we were returning to a very well furnished house we did not pay much attention to the prices we asked for our things and a good deal of our small things were given away.
Our Landlord was not a bit keen that we should give up the flat but again thinking all was genuine we had no hesitation and parted with it, and it is a very difficult matter to get a flat in Bombay today, and it is very unlikely that if we tried we would ever get another like the one we had in the course of the next few years, for these good flats really never come into the market as they are handed over from friend to friend.
Our home took years to build up and was considered by those who visited it to be one of the most attractively furnished flats in the city. All this could have remained absolutely intact, as I had many friends who would have been very pleased to have taken it over for six months. It cost me £232 for two first class return passages and this cost would not have been entertained had I known that I was going to be discharged, and I would never have thought of coming home where I am unknown whereas I am well known in Bombay.