Fosdyke looked at me, frowning. “Excuse me for asking Sir, but what did your father say to you and what was in the telegram from W.C?”
“My father told me he has set me up with a Commission in the Indian Police Service based in Calcutta. I am ‘overseeing’ a business deal with a Mr. Sunil Desai. The telegram on the other hand said to report to Templeton.”
“Ah”, said Fosdyke with a restrained smile, “Now l understand”.
What the bally did he understand? He refused to say more until we reached our destination at East India Dock.
The carriage pulled up in front of the doorway to a Fruit Import/Export co, which Fosdyke then proceeded to open. What was going on now?
As we entered the premises, I noticed that Fosdyke was smirking as he closed the doors behind us.
“Soooooooooo”, he said laughing, “l will proceed with the instructions. The commission was bought as a cover. You sir are not going to Calcutta India but to Calcutta the opium den!”
I could have been hit with a soggy kipper! What was he blathering on about?
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Fosdyke continued. “You see Sir, l am not Fosdyke, l am in fact Templeton. Our problem is somewhere here in the docks and we have to find HIM, the ONE”;(it seemed like Fosdyke/Templeton liked to talk in capitals)! He continued. “You Sir, and l will hole up here in the office for a few days, during which time we will not shave or wash “
l cut in quick, “But l bathe every day Fosd- er Templeton”.
“Not for the next few days l am afraid old chap. You have to look and smell the part, not just play it. You will be a disgruntled, drunken and miserable ex sailor, formerly of HMS Calcutta. You will be our way in to get our hands on the slime who continues to infiltrate the empire with their terrible opium. It seems as though its infiltration has even reached ‘higher’ society, if you understand me sir “.
I thought I understood him. By gad, that would explain a lot of unusual behaviour in society circles in recent months. Many prominent figures had taken to acting in a most mysterious manner with unexpected consequences. I pondered the enormity for a few moments.Had the drugs trade influenced decision making even in the higher echelons of government? Fosdyke/Templeton noticed that the penny had dropped and then