The Emerald City of Oz

       L. Frank Baum / Fantasy
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The Emerald City of Oz
Produced by Warren Baldwin and Dennis Amundson

The Emerald City of Oz


L. Frank Baum

Author of The Road to Oz, Dorothy and The Wizard in Oz, The Land of Oz,etc.


--Author's Note-- 1. How the Nome King Became Angry 2. How Uncle Henry Got Into Trouble 3. How Ozma Granted Dorothy's Request 4. How The Nome King Planned Revenge 5. How Dorothy Became a Princess 6. How Guph Visited the Whimsies 7. How Aunt Em Conquered the Lion 8. How the Grand Gallipoot Joined The Nomes 9. How the Wogglebug Taught Athletics 10. How the Cuttenclips Lived 11. How the General Met the First and Foremost 12. How they Matched the Fuddles 13. How the General Talked to the King 14. How the Wizard Practiced Sorcery 15. How Dorothy Happened to Get Lost 16. How Dorothy Visited Utensia 17. How They Came to Bunbury 18. How Ozma Looked into the Magic Picture 19. How Bunnybury Welcomed the Strangers 20. How Dorothy Lunched With a King 21. How the King Changed His Mind 22. How the Wizard Found Dorothy 23. How They Encountered the Flutterbudgets 24. How the Tin Woodman Told the Sad News 25. How the Scarecrow Displayed His Wisdom 26. How Ozma Refused to Fight for Her Kingdom 27. How the Fierce Warriors Invaded Oz 28. How They Drank at the Forbidden Fountain 29. How Glinda Worked a Magic Spell 30. How the Story of Oz Came to an End

Author's Note

Perhaps I should admit on the title page that this book is ”By L.Frank Baum and his correspondents,” for I have used many suggestionsconveyed to me in letters from children. Once on a time I reallyimagined myself ”an author of fairy tales,” but now I am merely aneditor or private secretary for a host of youngsters whose ideas I amrequestsed to weave into the thread of my stories.

These ideas are often clever. They are also logical and interesting.So I have used them whenever I could find an opportunity, and it is butjust that I acknowledge my indebtedness to my little friends.

My, what imaginations these children have developed! Sometimes I amfairly astounded by their daring and genius. There will be no lack offairy-tale authors in the future, I am sure. My readers have told mewhat to do with Dorothy, and Aunt Em and Uncle Henry, and I have obeyedtheir mandates. They have also given me a variety of subjects to writeabout in the future: enough, in fact, to keep me busy for some time. Iam very proud of this alliance. Children love these stories becausechildren have helped to create them. My readers know what they wantand realize that I try to please them. The result is very satisfactoryto the publishers, to me, and (I am quite sure) to the children.

I hope, my dears, it will be a long time before we are obliged todissolve partnership.


Coronado, 1910

1. How the Nome King Became Angry

The Nome King was in an angry mood, and at such times he was verydisagreeable. Every one kept away from him, even his Chief StewardKaliko.

Therefore the King stormed and raved all by himself, walking up anddown in his jewel-studded cavern and getting angrier all the time.Then he remembered that it was no fun being angry unless he had someone to frighten and make miserable, and he rushed to his big gong andmade it clatter as loud as he could.

In came the Chief Steward, trying not to show the Nome King howfrightened he was.

”Send the Chief Counselor here!” shouted the angry monarch.

Kaliko ran out as fast as his spindle legs could carry his fat, roundbody, and soon the Chief Counselor entered the cavern. The Kingscowled and said to him:

”I'm in great trouble over the loss of my Magic Belt. Every littlewhile I want to do something magical, and find I can't because the Beltis gone. That makes me angry, and when I'm angry I can't have a goodtime. Now, what do you advise?”

”Some people,” said the Chief Counselor, ”enjoy getting angry.”

”But not all the time,” declared the King. ”To be angry once in awhile is really good fun, because it makes others so miserable. But tobe angry morning, noon and night, as I am, grows monotonous andprevents my gaining any other pleasure in life. Now what do youadvise?”

”Why, if you are angry because you want to do magical things and can't,and if you don't want to get angry at all, my advice is not to want todo magical things.”

Hearing this, the King glared at his Counselor with a furiousexpression and tugged at his own long white whiskers until he pulledthem so hard that he yelled with pain.

”You are a fool!” he exclaimed.

”I share that honor with your Majesty,” said the Chief Counselor.

The King roared with rage and stamped his foot.

”Ho, there, my guards!” he cried. ”Ho” is a royal way of saying, ”Comehere.” So, when the guards had hoed, the King said to them:

”Take this Chief Counselor and throw him away.”

Then the guards took the Chief Counselor, and bound him with chains toprevent his struggling, and threw him away. And the King paced up anddown his cavern more angry than before.

Finally he rushed to his big gong and made it clatter like a firealarm. Kaliko appeared again, trembling and white with fear.

”Fetch my pipe!” yelled the King.

”Your pipe is already here, your Majesty,” replied Kaliko.

”Then get my tobacco!” roared the King.

”The tobacco is in your pipe, your Majesty,” returned the Steward.

”Then bring a live coal from the furnace!” commanded the King.

”The tobacco is lighted, and your Majesty is already smoking yourpipe,” answered the Steward.

”Why, so I am!” said the King, who had forgotten this fact; ”but youare very rude to remind me of it.”

”I am a lowborn, miserable villain,” declared the Chief Steward, humbly.

The Nome King could think of nothing to say next, so he puffed away athis pipe and paced up and down the room. Finally, he remembered howangry he was, and cried out:

”What do you mean, Kaliko, by being so contented when your monarch isunhappy?”

”What makes you unhappy?” asked the Steward.

”I've lost my Magic Belt. A little girl named Dorothy, who was herewith Ozma of Oz, stole my Belt and carried it away with her,” said theKing, grinding his teeth with rage.

”She captured it in a fair fight,” Kaliko ventured to say.

”But I want it! I must have it! Half my power is gone with thatBelt!” roared the King.

”You will have to go to the Land of Oz to recover it, and your Majestycan't get to the Land of Oz in any possible way,” said the Steward,yawning because he had been on duty ninety-six hours, and was sleepy.

”Why not?” asked the King.

”Because there is a deadly desert all around that fairy country, whichno one is able to cross. You know that fact as well as I do, yourMajesty. Never mind the lost Belt. You have plenty of power left, foryou rule this underground kingdom like a tyrant, and thousands of Nomesobey your commands. I advise you to drink a glass of melted silver, toquiet your nerves, and then go to bed.”

The King grabbed a big ruby and threw it at Kaliko's head. The Stewardducked to escape the heavy jewel, which crashed against the door justover his left ear.

”Get out of my sight! Vanish! Go away--and send General Blug here,”screamed the Nome King.

Kaliko hastily withdrew, and the Nome King stamped up and down untilthe General of his armies appeared.

This Nome was known far and wide as a terrible fighter and a cruel,desperate commander. He had fifty thousand Nome soldiers, all welldrilled, who feared nothing but their stern master. Yet General Blugwas a trifle uneasy when he arrived and saw how angry the Nome King was.

”Ha! So you're here!” cried the King.

”So I am,” said the General.

”March your army at once to the Land of Oz, capture and destroy theEmerald City, and bring back to me my Magic Belt!” roared the King.

”You're crazy,” calmly remarked the General.

”What's that? What's that? What's that?” And the Nome King dancedaround on his pointed toes, he was so enraged.

”You don't know what you're talking about,” continued the General,seating himself upon a large cut diamond. ”I advise you to stand in acorner and count sixty before you speak again. By that time you may bemore sensible.”

The King looked around for something to throw at General Blug, but asnothing was handy he began to consider that perhaps the man was rightand he had been talking foolishly. So he merely threw himself into hisglittering throne and tipped his crown over his ear and curled his feetup under him and glared wickedly at Blug.

”In the first place,” said the General, ”we cannot march across thedeadly desert to the Land of Oz. And if we could, the Ruler of thatcountry, Princess Ozma, has certain fairy powers that would render myarmy helpless. Had you not lost your Magic Belt we might have somechance of defeating Ozma; but the Belt is gone.”

”I want it!” screamed the King. ”I must have it.”

”Well, then, let us try in a sensible way to get it,” replied theGeneral. ”The Belt was captured by a little girl named Dorothy, wholives in Kansas, in the United States of America.”

”But she left it in the Emerald City, with Ozma,” declared the King.

”How do you know that?” asked the General.

”One of my spies, who is a Blackbird, flew over the desert to the Landof Oz, and saw the Magic Belt in Ozma's palace,” replied the King witha groan.

”Now that gives me an idea,” said General Blug, thoughtfully. ”Thereare two ways to get to the Land of Oz without traveling across thesandy desert.”

”What are they?” demanded the King, eagerly.

”One way is OVER the desert, through the air; and the other way isUNDER the desert, through the earth.”

Hearing this the Nome King uttered a yell of joy and leaped from histhrone, to resume his wild walk up and down the cavern.

”That's it, Blug!” he shouted. ”That's the idea, General! I'm King ofthe Under World, and my subjects are all miners. I'll make a secrettunnel under the desert to the Land of Oz--yes! right up to the EmeraldCity--and you will march your armies there and capture the wholecountry!”

”Softly, softly, your Majesty. Don't go too fast,” warned the General.”My Nomes are good fighters, but they are not strong enough to conquerthe Emerald City.”

”Are you sure?” asked the King.

”Absolutely certain, your Majesty.”

”Then what am I to do?”

”Give up the idea and mind your own business,” advised the General.”You have plenty to do trying to rule your underground kingdom.”

”But I want the Magic Belt--and I'm going to have it!” roared the NomeKing.

”I'd like to see you get it,” replied the General, laughing maliciously.

The King was by this time so exasperated that he picked up his scepter,which had a heavy ball, made from a sapphire, at the end of it, andthrew it with all his force at General Blug. The sapphire hit theGeneral upon his forehead and knocked him flat upon the ground, wherehe lay motionless. Then the King rang his gong and told his guards todrag out the General and throw him away; which they did.

This Nome King was named Roquat the Red, and no one loved him. He wasa bad man and a powerful monarch, and he had resolved to destroy theLand of Oz and its magnificent Emerald City, to enslave Princess Ozmaand little Dorothy and all the Oz people, and recover his Magic Belt.This same Belt had once enabled Roquat the Red to carry out many wickedplans; but that was before Ozma and her people marched to theunderground cavern and captured it. The Nome King could not forgiveDorothy or Princess Ozma, and he had determined to be revenged uponthem.

But they, for their part, did not know they had so dangerous an enemy.Indeed, Ozma and Dorothy had both almost forgotten that such a personas the Nome King yet lived under the mountains of the Land of Ev--whichlay just across the deadly desert to the south of the Land of Oz.

An unsuspected enemy is doubly dangerous.

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