The Collinsville News. (Collinsville, Okla.), Vol. 11, No. 28, Ed. 1 Thursday, November 11, 1909 Page: 4 of 8

tyeWUADD o/^OZ
^fL.Frank Baum.
Dorothy lived In Kansas with Aunt Em
and Uncle H*-nry. A cyclone lifted their
home Into the air, Dorothy falling asleep
amidst the excitement, A crash awakened
her. The hous*- had landed In a country
of marvelous heauty. Groujai of queer
little ;>eople greeted her to the I-and of
Munchkins. The house had Willed their
enemy, the wicked witch of East. Dor-
othy took the witch's silver shoes. She
started for the Emerald City to find the
Wizard of Oz, who, she was promised,
might find a way to send her back to
Kansas Dorothy released a scarecrow,
giving him life. He was desirous of ac-
quiring brains and started with her to
the wizard to get th* m. The scarecrow
told his history They met a tin wood-
man who longed for a heart. He also
Joined them. They came upon a terrible
lion. The lion confessed he had no cour-
age. He decided to accompany them to
the Wizard of Oz to get some. The scare-
crow in pushing the raft became Im-
paled utKrn his pole in the middle of the
river. The scarecrow was rescued by a
friendly stork. They entered a poppy
field, which caused Dorothy to fall
asleep. The scarecrow and tin woodman
rescued her and her dog from the deadly
flowers. The lion fell asleep and being too
heavy to lift, was left. On the search for
the road of yellow brick which led to the
Emerald City they met a wild cat and
field mice. The woodman killed the wild
cat. The queen mouse became friendly.
She sent thousands of her mice subjects
to draw the lion away from the poppy
field. Dorothy awoke from her long
sleep. They started again on the Emer-
ald City road. They came to a fence,
painted green. There were farmers of
green, houses of green and people dressed
in green. It was the I-and of Oz. They
met the guardian of the gates. He de-
scribed the power of the Wizard of Oz.
All put on green spectacles as the bright-
ness and glory of Emerald City blinded
them. The wizard decided to receive one
of the party each day. All were put In
green rooms.
support it or any arms or legs what-
ever. There was no hair upon this
head, but it had eyes and nose and
mouth, and was bigger than the head
of the biggest giant.
As Dorothy gazed upon this in won-
der and fear the eyes turned slowly
and looked at her sharply and steadily.
Then the mouth moved, and Dorothy
heard a voice say:
“I am Oz, the Great and Terrible.
Who are >ou, and why do you seek
It was not such an awful voice as
she had expected to come from the
big head; so she took courage and an-
swered :
“I am Dorothy, the $mail and
Meek. I have come to you for help.”
The eyes looked at her thoughtfully
for a full minute. Then said the
“Where did you get the silver
shoes ?”
“I got them from the wicked Witch
of the East, when my house fell on
her ar.d killed her,” she replied.
"Where did you get the mark upon
your forehead?" continued the voice.
“That is where the good Witch of
the North kissed me when she bade
“Kill the wicked Witch of tfc
West,” answered Oz.
“But I cannot!” exclaimed Dorothy
greatly surprised.
“You killed the Witch of the Eas
and you wear ihe silver shoes, w’licl
bear a powerful charm. There is no\
but one Wicked Witch loft in all thi
land, and when you can tell me she i
dead I will send you back to Kausa
—but not before.”
The little girl began to weep, sh
was so much disappointed; and tb'.
eyes winked again and looked upor
her anxiously, as if the Great Oz fel;
that she could help him if she would
“I never killed anything willingly,’
she sobbed; “and even if I wanted to
how could I kill the Wicked Witch'
If you, who are Great and Terrible
cannot kill her yourself, how do you
expect me to do it?”
“I do not know,” said the head; "but
that is my answer, and until tht
Wicked Witch die3 you will not see
your uncle and aunt again. Remember
that the witch is wicked—tremendous
ly wicked—and ought to be killed.
Now go, and do not ask to see me
again until you have done your task.”
Sorrowfully Dorothy left the throne
CHAPTER XI.—Continued.
She left Dorothy alone and went
back to the others. These she also
led to rooms, and each one of them
found himself lodged in a very pleas-
ant part of the palace. Of course this
politeness was wasted on the Scare-
crow; for when he found himself alone
In his room he stood stupidly in one
spot, Just within the doorway, to wait
till morning. It would not rest him
to lie down, and ho could not close his
eyes; so he remained all night staring
at a little spider which was weaving
Its web in a corner of the room, just
as if It were not one of the mo3t won-
derful rooms in the world. The Tin
Woodman lay down on his bed from
force of habit, for he remembered
when he was made of flesh; but not
being able to sleep he passed the night
moving his joints up and down to
make sure they kept in good working
order. The Dion would have preferred
a bed of dried leaves in the forest, and
did not like being shut up in a room;
but he had too much sense to let this
worry him, so he sprang upon the bed
and rolled himself up like a cat and
purred himself asleep In a minute.
The next morning, after breakfast,
the green maiden came to fetch Dor-
othy, and she dressed her in one of
the prettiest gowns—made of green
brocaded satin. Dorothy put on a
green silk apron and tied a green rib-
bon around Toto’s neck, and they
started for the throne room of the
Great Oz.
First they came to a great hall in
which were many ladies and gentle-
men of the court, all dressed in rich
costumes. These people had nothing
to do but talk to each other, but they
* always came to wait outside the
throne room every morning, although
they wore never permitted to see Oz.
As Dorothy entered they looked at her
curiously, and one of them whispered:
"Are you really going to look upon
the face of Oz the Terrible?”
“Of course," answered the girl, “if
he will see me.”
“Oh, he will see you.” said the sol-
dier, who had taken her message to
the Wizard, "although he does not
like to have people ask to see him.
Indeed, at first he was angry, and said
I should send you back where you
came from. Then ho asked me what
you looked like, and when I men-
tioned your silver shoes he was very
much interested. At last I told him
about the mark upon your forehead,
and he decided he would admit you to
his presence.”
Just then a bell rang, and the green
girl said to Dorothy:
“That Is the signal. You must go
into the throne room alone.”
She opened a little door and Doro-
thy walked boldly through and found
herself in a wonderful place. It was
a big, round room with a high arched
roof, and the walls and ceiling and
floor were covered with large emer-
alds set closely together. In the cen-
ter of the roof was, a great light, as
bright as the sun, which made the em-
eralds sparkle In a wonderful manner.
But what interested Dorothy most
was the big throne of green marble
that stood in the middle of the room.
It was shaped like a chair and spar-
kled with gems, as did everything
else. In the center of the chair was
an enormous head, without body to i
“I Am Oz, the Great and Terrible.”
me good-by and sent me to you,” said
the girl.
Again the eyes looked at her sharp-
ly, and they saw she was telling the
truth. Then Oz asked:
“What do you wish me to do?”
"Send me back to Kansas, where my
Aunt Em and Uncle Henry are,” she
answered, earnestly. “I don’t like your
country, although it is so beautiful.
And I am sure Aunt Em will be dread-
fully worried over my being away so
The eyes winked three times, and
then they turned up to the ceiling and
down to the floor and rolled around so
queerly that they seemed to see every
part of the room. And at last they
looked at Dorothy again.
“Why should I do this for you?”
asked Oz.
“Because you are strong and I am
weak; because you are a Great Wiz-
ard and I am only a helpless little
girl," she .answered.
“But you were strong enough to kill
the wicked Witch of the East,”
said Oz.
“That Just happened,” returned
Dorothy, simply; “I could not help it.”
“Well," said the head, “I will give
you my answer. You have no right
to expect me to send you back to
Kansas unless you do something for
me in return. In this country every
oue must pay for everything he gets.
If you wish me to use my magic power
to send you home again you must do
something for me first Help me and
I will help you.”
“What must 1 do?” asked the girl.
room and went back where the Lion
and the Scarecrow and the Tin Wood
man were waiting to hear what Oz
had said to her.
“There is no hope for me,” she said
sadly, “for Oz will not send me horn
until I have killed the Wicked Witcl
of the West; and that I can never do.
Her friends were sorry, but coul
do nothing to help her; so she wen;
to her own room and lay down on the
bed and cried herself to sleep.
The next morning the soldier wit!
the green whiskers came to the Scare
crow and said:
“Come with me, for Oz bas sent fo.
So the Scarecrow followed him and
was admitted into the great throne
room, where he saw, sitting in the
emerald throne, a most lovely lady.
She was dressed in green silk gauze
and wore upon her flowing green
locks a crown of jewels. Growing from
her shoulders were wings, gorgeous in
color and so light that they fluttered
if the slightest breath of air reached
When the Scarecrow had bowed, as
prettily as his straw stuffing would let
him, before this beautiful creature,
she looked upon him sweetly, and
“I am Oz, the Great and Terrible.
Who are you, and why do you seek
Now the Scarecrow, who had ex-
pected to see the great head Dorothy
had told him of. was much astonished;
but he answered her bravely.
. “I am cnly a Scarecrow, stuffed with
traw. Therefore I have no brains,
;nd I come to you praying that yon
vill put brains in my head instead of
traw, so that 1 may become as much
i man as any other in your domin-
’ “Why should I do this for you?”
.sked the lady.
“Because you are wise and power-
11, and no one else can help me,” an-
swered the Scarecrow.
“I never grant favors without some
return,” said Oz; “but this much I
will promise: If you will kill for me
’he Wicked Witch of the West I will
>estow upon you a great many brains,
ind such good brains that you will be
the wisest man in all the Land of Oz.”
“I thought you asked Dorothy to
kill the Witch,” said the Scarecrow, in
“So I did. I don’t care who kills
her. But until she is dead I will not
grant your wish. Now go, and do not
seek me again until you have earned
the brains you so greatly desire.”
The Scarecrow went sorrowfully
back to his friends and told them
what Oz had said; and Dorothy was
surprised to find that the great Wizard
was not a head, as she had seen him,
but a lovely lady.
“All the same,” said the Scarecrow,
“she needs a heart as much as the
Tin Woodman.”
On the next morning the soldier
with the green whiskers came to the
Tin Woodman and said:
“Oz has sent for you. Follow me.”
So the Tin Woodman folldwed him
and came to the great throne room.
He did not know whether he would
find Oz a lovely lady or a head, but he
hoped it would be the lovely lady.
“For,” he said to himself, “if it Is the
head, I am sure I shall not be given
a heart, since a head has no heart or
its own and therefore cannot feel for
me. But if it is the lovely lady I
shall beg hard for a heart, for all la-
dies are themselves said to be kindly
But when the Woodman entered the
great throne room he saw neither the
head nor the lady, for Oz had taken
the shape of a most terrible beast. It
was nearly as big as an elephant, and
the green throne seemed hardly strong
enough to hold its weight. The beast
had a head like that of a rhinoceros,
only there were five eyes in its face.
There were five long arms growing
out of its body and it also had five
long, slim legs. Thick, woolly hair
covered every part of it, and a more
dreadful looking monster could not be
imagined. It was fortunate the Tin
Woodman had no heart at that mo-
ment, for It would have beat loud and
fast from terror. But being only tin,
the Woodman was not at all afraid, al-
though he was much disappointed.
“I am Oz, the Great and Terrible,”
spake the beast, in a voice that was
one great roar. “Who are you, and
why do you seek me?”
“I am a Woodman, and made of tin.
Therefore I have no heart, and can-
not love. I pray you to give me a
heart that I may be as other men are.”
“Why should I do this?” demanded
the beast.
“Because I ask it, and you alone
can grant my request,” answered the
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If kicking would help some it would
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Then why do rational, sensible men
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There is a question that is worthy
it more than a passing thought, for
it relates to human comfort, prosper-
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Why do you kick when things do
not go to please you?
Is it not because you were taught
to do so? Didn’t your parents, your
big brothers and sisters, and maybe
the men and women you admired,
grumble and complain, or kick, when
ihings did not go to suit them, even
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