I am very glad that I have had a sight of you again, though it's a very short one." "I should be glad to stay another day or two, Stanley; but it is really of importance for me to get down to Ramgur, as soon as I can, and send Johnson off with the cattle; for I want to set about buying the herds for the other column, as quickly as possible.
He has certainly made an excellent start and, as he is first in the field in the country between Assam and Ramgur, he ought to make a good thing of this opportunity that has fallen in his way.
I thought that very likely I might be detained here a week, before I could get all the cattle on shore and by that time, if all goes well, I shall be at Ramgur again.
You see, it is a good deal shorter voyage, from Ramgur, than from either Calcutta or Madras; and the animals probably had a much shorter land journey before they were shipped. Then, too, as your uncle came down himself they were, no doubt, much better looked after than usual on the voyage.
Of course, I did not know that you were a relation of Mr. Brooke, or I should have mentioned to him that you were likely to come." "I should like to get off as soon as possible," Tom Pearson said; "for by the time that I get back to Ramgur, the rest of the cattle will be in readiness for me." "I will write you an order for four large boats, at once.
I have left money with Johnson, at Ramgur, for the next herd that is to come down here; and have orders from my agent on their agents, at Dalla, for those that I am going to buy for the Manipur column. So I don't want the money now and, suppose the dhow were to be lost going up, the cash might go with it. So, do you get the order.
After this, Stanley was hardly surprised when, in the last week of January, his uncle walked into his quarters. After the first pleasure of meeting was over, Stanley said: "I suppose you have got the contract, uncle?" "I have, lad. I have come down from Ramgur with six dhows, packed full.