☰ Captain Arthur David Linklater (1870-1951)
As a youth I had it pointed out to me on many occasions that anyone can make a mistake - but only a fool makes the same mistake twice. As this is now a more or less universally accepted truth either it was discovered too late to be of service to Dum or, perish the thought, he was a bit of a fool himself. Having jumped from the frying-pan and into the fire but escaped from both once before, here he is again, back in the frying-pan. The corollary of course is that Dhunjibhoy was a thoroughgoing shit. In spades. Not to mention being exploitative, ruthless, dishonest, and motivated by greed and his own pathetic self-aggrandizement. That is my unbiased opinion anyway! whereas Dum put it somewhat more diplomatically in a letter to “Auntie May” dated 10 July 1927; Dhunjibhoy is a funny chap, and has a way of working totally different from what any one could or would expect, and without wishing to strain the point I am sure he looks upon me as one of his best friends, and if anything happened to me Elsie would never be in want. Huh! In another letter, written only 3 months later dated 17 October; Dhunjibhoy is of course not one that any one would admire but natives are natives and as such he is better than many...
There was a bit of mopping up to do on Dum's retreat from London to Windsor.
|14 December||Closed business at Luxtun as house was sold|
|19 December||Auction sale||1|
|23 December||Completion date. House handed over to buyer|
to which Dum added the following summary. We held No. 32 [Belsize Court] for 5¼ years from Sept 1924, and ran it as an hotel for 4¾ years from 1st March 1925. Sold for £1800 After expenses and fees the balance on sale was £1712-12-8. Christmas, at the Willows Cottage with Nelson and W.P. must have been a comparatively jolly affair.
|21 April||Salary increased £100 to £500||1|
|4 December||Mrs Soundy to Cottage|
|Christmas||At Willows Cottage. Mrs Soundy, W.P., Nelson and self.|
|12 April||Came to bed||2|
|15 April||to hospital|
|20 April||Returned home|
|21 April||Resumed duties at office|
|22 September||Nelson to Imperial Service College||3|
|Christmas||At Willows Cottage. Summer weather, all windows open, bright sun Temp. 60. Bruce, W.P., Nelson and self.|
|30 December||Nelson smashed teeth.||4|
|25 January||Notice from Bombay that salary reduced to £400|