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spear, and at length succeeded in wrenching it free, and Tungku Pa, seeing this, broke cover from behind the jar, and took to his heels. To' Kya was too lame to attempt to overtake him, but he cried out :
c He, Pa ! Did the men of old bid thee fly from thy enemies ? '
Tungku Pa halted and turned round. c I am only armed with a kris, and have no spear as thou hast,' he said.
4 This house is thine,5 said To' Kya. c If thou dost desire arms, go up into the house, and fetch as many as thou canst carry, while I await thy coming.'
But Tungku Pa had had enough, and he turned and fled at the top of his speed.
4Hah! Hah! Hah! Ho! Ho! Ho!' laughed To' Kya. c Is this, then, the manner in which the men of the rising generation fight their enemies ? '
Seeing that Tungku Pa was in no wise to be tempted or shamed into giving battle, To' Kya went past the spot where the body of Ma' Chik still lay, until he came to the pool of blood which marked the place where Tngku Long Pndkar had come by his death. Standing there, he cried to Tungku Itam who was within the house :
c O Tungku ! Be pleased to come forth if thou desire to avenge the death of Tungku Long, thy cousin. Now is the acceptable time, for thy servant has still some little life left in him. Hereafter thou mayst not avenge thy cousin's death, thy servant being dead. Condescend, therefore, to come forth and fight with thy servant.'
But Tungku Itam, like Gallio, cared for none ofBut Tungku Itam, like Gallio, cared for none of