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for in the early morning aBig Brother Nibonga is found to have stolen away from his lady-love during the night, and to have sailed away for ever, directing his course towards the Sea of the Burning Island. The reason for this sudden desertion is not given, and this is perhaps the most obscure part of the story, but on his way the faithless lover suffers shipwreck, his vessel going aground on a the island of Kedong,1 which is off the sea of Pahang.a Like Dido, the princess is aleft lamenting,a and the tears she sheds are aas big as the stones that support the cooking-pot.a
An Upas-tree Legend.
In the Labu district (Selangor) I came across a form of the upas-tree legend now long regarded as a typically daring attempt to agulla the home-staying Briton.2 There were once two Jakun chiefs or Batins, one of whom (Batin Gomok) was called the aOne-Cocopalm Chief,a and the other (Batin Mahabut) the aOne-Betelpalm Chief.a The former took his name from a solitary coconut palm, which is still alleged to grow in the depths of the forest on Bukit Galah (or Boatpole Hill). It is described as possessing a black stem, and its fruit is poisonous; indeed, it is believed to exhale so poisonous an effluvium as to kill every green thing that grows within a radius of ten yards around it. Its nuts are so plentiful and look so tempting that on one occasion a Jakun persisted in eating one of them, in spite of all the remonstrances of his friends, the result being that
1 ? aP. Kebana or aKaban,a just almost sacrilege to suggest that it may off the Endau. possess some germ of foundation in
2 The Upas-tree Legend has ranked native experience ; see above, and so long with the Sea-serpent and the vol. i. p. 263, for instance.
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