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c Thy servant To' Kya bids us bring guns wherewith to slay him.'
Now, all was not well in the Balai at this moment. When the first news of the amok had reached the Sultn, all the Chiefs had assembled in the palace, and it had been unanimously decided that no action could be taken until the day broke. At dawn, however, it was found that all the Chiefs except Tngku Pnglma, To' Kya Dyong, Pnglma Dlam, Imm Prang Lsong, and Pahlwan, had sneaked away under the cover of the darkness. Tngku Msa, the Sultn's great uncle, was there to act as the King's mouthpiece, but he was in as great fear as any of them.
At last the Sultn said :
'Well, the day has dawned, why does no one go forth to kill To' Kya Bji Drja ? '
Tngku Msa turned upon Tngku Pnglma, 4 Go thou and slay him,' he said.
Tngku Pnglma said, cWhy dost thou not go thyself or send Pahlwan ? '
Pahlwan said, c Thy servant is not the only Chief in Trnggnu. Many eat the King's mutton in the King's Balai, why then should thy servant alone be called upon to do this thing ? '
Tngku Msa said : c Imm Prang Lsong, go thou then and kill To' Kya.'
CI cannot go,' said Imm Prang, 'for I have no trousers.'
CI will give thee some trousers,' said Tngku Msa.
6 Nevertheless I cannot go,' said Imm Prang, c for my mother is sick, and I must return to tend her.'6 Nevertheless I cannot go,' said ImA m Prang, c for my mother is sick, and I must return to tend her.'