DEALINGS WITH OTHER RACES
party intending to return again to the place after a short interval.1
Mantra.a The Mantra of Malacca have suffered like other aboriginal tribes from the raids and incursions of the neighbouring Malays, their most implacable foes being the members of a Malay tribe called Rawa. This people are natives of a country in Sumatra called Rawa, Rau, and Ara, lying immediately to the north of Menangkabau, and penetrated by the large but scarcely navigable river Rakan. They are distinguished for their trading character, and, as traders and settlers, they have for a long period, but particularly during the last twenty or thirty years, annually repaired to the Peninsula opposite, sometimes by way of the Rakan, but more generally by the river Siak. They are bold, persevering, and thrifty, qualities which have long enabled them to engross the principal internal traffic between Malacca and Pahang. They always go well armed, but the chief source of their strength is their social spirit, which leads them to make common cause against those who have injured any of their nation. They are now settled in considerable numbers in Rembau, Sungei Ujong, and the western part of Pahang, and their numbers and power yearly increase and become more formidable. Seven months before the time of Logana s (present) memoir, large bands of them, under one Bata Bidohom, who was reputed invulnerable, attacked the Mantra in several places, killing many of the men and carrying away more than a hundred of their women and girls into Pahang, where they sold them as slaves. The Rawa declared that they would hunt down the Mantra everywhere and deal with them all in the same way,
1 /. /. A. vol. ii. pp. 280, 281.