Chapter 10

IT happened in process of time, that a species of swordfish named todak came upon the coast of Singhapura, and springing ashore, killed a great number of persons on the beach. Striking the breast, they pierced through and through the body to the back; and striking the neck, they separated  the head; and striking the waist, they  pierced it from side to side; so that at last  so many were slain, that nobody durst reside on the shore, but fled in consternation in every direction from the dread of the destruction. 

Then Paduca Sri Maharaja, mounted his elephant, and marched out with all his ministers and warriors to the shore. He was astonished on perceiving the devastation occasioned by the todak; the numbers slain, and that one stroke was sufficient. Then the raja ordered a rampart to be formed of the legs of his men; but still the sword-fish sprung out and pierced their limbs through and through, for these fish were numerous as the close-falling rain.

Among the people there was a boy who said, "of what use is it for us to form a rampart with our legs, it  would be much better to make a rampart of plantain stems. "When the raja heard this, he said, "the observation is just," and he ordered them to bring plantain stems and  form a rampart. The swordfish rapidly struck their beaks into the plantain stems, and remaining there fixed, the people came and slew them in great numbers, so that their carcases lay in heaps, and the people were unable to eat them up, and those that remained ceased from their ravages in the vicinity of the rampart, and sprung against the raja's elephant, and even struck the raja's coat. As it is said by the writers  of songs,

"The Todak springs up to rend the raja's garment,
The Todak is not worsted of itself,
It  is from a child's understanding that it is worsted in the war."

Then the Maharaja returned, and all the great  men represented to him, "Sire, if this boy, though so young, possesses such an  uncommon understanding, what will he do when he grows up. It will be best for us to kill him." "Very well, let us kill him, " said the raja. He was accordingly put to death, but the guilt of his blood lay  upon the country. After this Paduca Sri Maha-raja died, and his son Raja Secander Shah succeeded to the throne, and married the daughter of the mangcubumi, named Tun Parpatih Tulos, by whom he had a son named Raja Ahmed, also named Raja Resar Muda. He was extremely handsome,  and when he grew up, he married  the daughter of Raja Suliman, of Cota Meligei (Fort-Place), named Putri Camar al Ajayeb, of exquisite beauty, excelling all her contemporaries. Raja Secander Shah had a bandahari, named Sang Ranjuna Tapa, whose origin was of Singhapura. He had a daughter of exquisite beauty, of whom the raja was deeply enamoured, but the rest of the raja's mistresses concerted against her, and accused her of infidelity.

Raja Secander Shah was grievously enraged, and ordered her to be impaled at Ujong Pasar (Point market). Sang Ranjuna Tapa was deeply affected by the disgrace, at the situation of his child, and represented, if it be true that my child has acted improperly, put her only to death, but why put her to such shame. Sang Ranjuna Tapa immediately dispatched a letter to Java, and stated, "If the bitara of Majapahit wishes to possess  himself of Singhapura, let him come quickly, for there is disaffection in the fort. "The bitara immediately fitted out 300 junks, together with the vessels calulus pelang, and Jong kong, in numbers beyond calculation, and embarked on board of them two Cati of Javans (200,000). Then having set sail, they arrived at Singhapura, and immediately engaged in battle. After  some time, Raja Secander Shah ordered the bandahari to issue rice for the subsistence of his troops, and he replied, that it was quite exhausted, because he meditated treason.

The next morning, at daybreak, Sang Ranjuna Tapa opened the gates of the fortress, and Java entered into the town, and commenced an amok or indiscriminate carnage, and the people were slaughtered on all sides, and blood flowed like an inundation; and this is the blood which still marks the plain of Singhapura. At last, however, Singhapura was subdued, and Raja Secander Shah, saving himself by flight, reached Moar. By the power of God Almighty, the house of Sang Ranjuna Tapa faded, and its pillars were overturned, and rice ceased to be planted in the land, and Sang Ranjuna Tapa, both husband and  wife, was changed into stone, and those are the stones which appear beside the moat of Singhapura. After the conquest of Singhapura, the people of Java returned to Majapahit.