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possible, it was even more disliked than that of Wan Teh himself,abut there was one man in the Tmbling who found the bare sight of Wan Kming's temporary power and greatness an insult to himself, and an outrage upon the District. This was Wan Beh, another cousin of the Chief, who held very strongly the view that he, and not Wan Koming, should have been selected by Wan Teh to keep watch and ward over the Tmbling during the absence of the latter at the Capital. He found it impossible to resist Wan Kming, for the latter was a strong man who had no mind to brook interference from any man during the term of his power, and as Wan Beh dared not slay him, awhich was of course the obvious thing to do, in those days, to one who had earned your dislike,ahe asked himself in what manner he could most cunningly and surely compass his downfall, and obtain authority and sanction to deprive him of his life.
Having thought the whole matter out with considerable care, Wan Beh set off for Pkan, leaving Wan Kming in undisturbed possession of the Tmbling. On his arrival at the Capital, he at once sought out his kinsman, Wan Teh, and with many tears, much well-assumed indignation, and a great show of that keen shame, which was to be expected, under the circumstances, in Wan Teh's near relative, this Malay Iago haltingly told a lying tale of Wan Kming, and of the manner in which he was fulfilling the trust reposed in him by his absent Chief and kinsman.
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