Johnnie Northwood happened to meet his friend Smith of the Golconda Company, and said: "So you have chartered one of your best steamers to run against us ! "
His father was much put out on hearing the latest development. John Fletcher was an excellent captain, whom he liked very much, and who was indebted to him for many a friendly service. There had never been any difference between them, and it was really very disheartening to find John Fletcher backing up his brother with money made in the Northwood service. Of course, John Fletcher would have to be got rid of directly the Brunei, then about due, should arrive in Singapore harbour.