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man down to the river by the hand,afor I was loth to make a mess within my house,aand when I had cut his throat, and sent his body floating down-stream, I washed myself, performed my ablutions before prayer, prayed, and went to my bed, for my eyes were heavy with sleep.'
' Kasih-an China /' I said, 41 am sorry for the Chinaman ! '
4 Why are you sorry for him ? ' asked Raja Haji, 4 He had cheated me and it was not fitting that he should live ; besides, he was a Chinaman, and we counted not their lives as being of any worth. In Kinta, before Mr. Birch went to Prak, they had a game called Main China, each man betting on the number of the coins which a passing Chinaman carried in his pouch, and whether they were odd or even. Thereafter, when the bets had been made, they would kill the Chinaman and count the coins.'
4 They might have done that without killing the Chinaman,' I said.
cIt is true,' rejoined Rja Haji, cbut it was a more certain way, and, moreover, it increased their pleasure. But Tuan, the night is very far advanced. Let us sleep.'
Verily, life in an Independent Malay State, like adversity, makes one acquainted with strange bedfellows.Verily, life in an Independent Malay State, like adversity, makes one acquainted with strange bedfellows.