In chapter 5 of The Just Men of Cordova (1917) by Edgar Wallace, the author describes an outside broker and financier talking to his friend about their hard financial condition:
Black tossed a letter across to him. “What do you think of that?” he asked. “Here’s a demand from Tangye’s, the brokers, for ten thousand pounds, and a hint that failing its arrival I shall be posted as a defaulter.”
“Pay it,” suggested Sir Isaac languidly, and the other laughed.
“Don’t talk rot,” he said, with offensive good humour. “Where am I going to get ten thousand pounds? I’m nearly broke; you know that, Tramber; we’re both in the same boat. I’ve got two millions on paper, but I don’t think we could raise a couple of hundred ready between us if we tried.”
The baronet pushed back his plate. “I say,” he said abruptly, “you don’t mean what you said?”
“About the money?”
“About the money—yes. You nearly gave me an attack of heart disease. My dear chap, we should be pretty awkwardly fixed if money dried up just now.”
Colonel Black smiled. “That’s just what has happened,” he said. “Fix or no fix, we’re in it. I’m overdrawn in the bank; I’ve got about a hundred pounds in the house, and I suppose you’ve got another hundred.”
“I haven’t a hundred farthings,” said the other.
“Expenses are very heavy,” Black went on; “you know how these things turn up. There are one or two in view, but beyond that we have nothing. If we could bring about the amalgamation of those Northern Foundries we might both sign cheques for a hundred thousand.”
I found by searching that "turn up" = "appear or occur suddenly" and "one or two" = "few", but I don't know what's meant by "these things" and "one or two" of which thing exactly?