THOSE of you who have a map of the marvelous Land of Oz
discovered Fairyland--will note in the park
Ozma's Emerald City a pretty lake, into
the Munchkin River from the East and the Winkie River from the West.
This lake is very beautiful and is so close to Ozma's Palace
that it has a right to possess magic qualities of its
Usually it strikes the beholder as a lovely sheet of water, with the winds
rippling its blue surface; again it is smooth
ice-pond, and then the water is so clear that you can see
lying on the sandy bottom, and see as well as anything what has fallen into the
There was one boat drifting on the surface of this lake,
for it was
her own private property and no one except the girl
Ruler of Oz
or her personal friends was allowed to use it, and
at times the
people in Ozma's Palace or in the Emerald City
discover blue flames issuing directly from the center of
forming a pyramid fifty feet high, but even then no
near for fear of offending Ozma. If curiosity had at
taken them to the banks of the lake they would have
the flames nearest the lake were crimson; a little
they were yellow; then came the blue, blending itself
yellow and extending high into the air, where it lost
flickering rays against the clear skies.
Like a good many things they did not understand, the Oz
regarded the lake and its fountain of tints with calm
There were other lakes in Oz, more important if
size, and they seldom ventured to linger around that
Palace grounds. There was no law forbidding it, but
people were shy and stood in awe of their gracious Queen,
been, and was now, more powerful than anyone in the Land
perhaps excepting Glinda, the Good Sorceress of Oz.
It cannot be denied that anyone in the Palace grounds wore
expression of curiosity when the Girl Ruler came tripping
out of the
Palace with her ice skates over her arm. She approached the lake one day
and turning a faucet at the marble
off all the shifting colors. Then she turned another
gradually the surface of the water became frozen,
until it was
fully hard enough to bear Ozma's weight.
During this period the girl was seated on the marble bank
putting on her skates, the straps of which were covered with jewels. They
fastened very quickly with snaps of
diamonds and in a few moments Ozma was gracefully
the ice, enjoying the sport while dressed in a light
and swinging a broad straw hat in her hand by means
of its pink
Suddenly the girl noticed a man standing by the fountain,
staring at her. He was a very tall man and not dressed
costume of any of the nations of the Land of Oz. He carried a jeweled cane
which he leaned against as he seriously examined the girl.
Ozma came gliding up to him.
day," he said to her, stiffly, as he doffed his high hat
and then put it on again; "is he still stuck in the pipe?"
"Who?" asked Ozma. "I did not know that anyone was stuck
Ahd," returned the man. "He would climb into the
other end of
the pipe, although I warned him not to, because it
too small for a fellow like Ahd; but he won't take
there he is---somewhere in the pipe, and I'm anxious
to get him
Ozma turned the faucets and said a few magic words, and
the ice melted. Then the Ruler of Oz dove to the
the lake, her costume sparkling wonderfully as she
beneath the surface. Presently, she found the great
from the bottom of the lake to the sea. Almost at
the end of
the pipe was what seemed to her a huge ball of dark
held fast by the encircling pipe. Then she swam to
again and approached the man who was now sitting on
parapet and eagerly watching her.
"Well?" he said, questioningly.
"Well?" returned Ozma; "tell me who you are, please."
"Me?" he rejoined, "why, I'm Gipper-Gupper-Gopp, one of the
citizens of Hiland, which is ruled by John Dough, the
Man, and Chick the Cherub."
"But the Kingdom of Hiland is far away to the West, across Desert, and
under the dominions of the Nome King and of Rinkitink, before it reaches the
sands that surround Oz. It is not in the Land of
all," protested Ozma. "And the pipe that leads from the
this little lake--into which all the rivers of Oz
to empty its waters in the Nonestic Ocean.
The pipe runs under the Winkie Country of Oz, under the Deadly
"Quite true," replied the tall man.
"Then," said Ozma, "how does this boy, whom you call Ahd,
have entered the pipe from the Rinkitink Country, and
through it to my lake in Oz, while you, who come from a
opposite side of this hidden Fairyland, meet him in
"I haven't met him, as yet," the man reminded her, looking
"But he's there, I'm quite sure," persisted Ozma.
story is a simple one, if unusual," answered the man
thoughtfully, "and if I tell it you will
"I'm sure of that," she replied, watching her clothes gradually
changing under his gaze to those of a fairy type.
"Button Bright is coming."
At that moment a small boy approached the lake, for he saw
stranger standing by its brink and wondered how he got
"Button Bright, " Ozma said, "hasten away and command Lucion
to come as quickly as possible to our aid."
"What's the matter?" asked the boy, who was buttoned up
and whose round face was full of curiosity.
"You will find out when you return," she replied.
So off dashed the little fellow.
"And tell him to bring the longest rake handle or pole he
the girl called after him.
Button Bright was not very big nor moved very fast, but in
deemed a short while he returned with Lucion the gardener, who dragged a long,
thin pole in his wake.
"Here yer air, Miss," he said as he came to the border of
"It's a good deal longer than the lake an' so I kep'
it in case
anything might happen."
Text scanned and edited by Scott Andrew Hutchins, based on the text in The Best of the Baum Bugle,