Tik-Tok of Oz
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Title: Tik-Tok of Oz
Author: L. Frank (Lyman Frank) Baum
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TIK-TOK OF OZ
THE ROAD TO OZ, DOROTHY AND THE WIZARD IN OZ,
THE EMERALD CITY OF OZ, THE LAND OF OZ,
OZMA OF OZ, THE PATCHWORK GIRL OF OZ
TO MY READERS
The very marked successof my last year’sfairy book, “The PatchworkGirl of Oz,” convincesme that my readerslike the Oz stories “bestof all,” as one little girlwrote me. So here, mydears, is a new Oz story inwhich is introduced AnnSoforth, the Queen ofOogaboo, whom Tik-Tokassisted in conquering ourold acquaintance, theNome King. It also tellsof Betsy Bobbin and how,after many adventures,she finally reached themarvelous Land of Oz.
There is a play called“The Tik-Tok Man ofOz,” but it is not like thisstory of “Tik-Tok of Oz,”although some of the adventuresrecorded in thisbook, as well as those inseveral other Oz books,are included in the play.Those who have seen theplay and those who haveread the other Oz booksę 10 Ľwill find in this story a lot of strange characters and adventuresthat they have never heard of before.
In the letters I receive from children there has been anurgent appeal for me to write a story that will take Trot andCap’n Bill to the Land of Oz, where they will meet Dorothyand Ozma. Also they think Button-Bright ought to getacquainted with Ojo the Lucky. As you know, I am obligedto talk these matters over with Dorothy by means of the“wireless,” for that is the only way I can communicate withthe Land of Oz. When I asked her about this idea, she replied:“Why, haven’t you heard?” I said “No.” “Well,” came themessage over the wireless, “I’ll tell you all about it, by andby, and then you can make a book of that story for the childrento read.”
So, if Dorothy keeps her word and I am permitted to writeanother Oz book, you will probably discover how all thesecharacters came together in the famous Emerald City. Meantime,I want to tell all my little friends—whose numbers areincreasing by many thousands every year—that I am verygrateful for the favor they have shown my books and for thedelightful little letters I am constantly receiving. I amalmost sure that I have as many friends among the childrenof America as any story writer alive; and this, of course, makesme very proud and happy.
L. Frank Baum.
LIST OF CHAPTERS
|2—Out of Oogaboo||24|
|3—Magic Mystifies the Marchers||28|
|4—Betsy Braves the Billows||39|
|5—The Roses Repulse the Refugees||42|
|6—Shaggy Seeks his Stray Brother||48|
|7—Polychrome’s Pitiful Plight||65|
|8—Tik-Tok Tackles a Tough Task||78|
|9—Ruggedo’s Rage is Rash and Reckless||92|
|10—A Terrible Tumble Through a Tube||107|
|11—The Famous Fellowship of Fairies||120|
|12—The Lovely Lady of Light||129|
|13—The Jinjin’s Just Judgment||136|
|14—The Long-Eared Hearer Learns by Listening||149|
|15—The Dragon Defies Danger||159|
|16—The Naughty Nome||168|
|17—A Tragic Transformation||177|
|18—A Clever Conquest||193|
|20—Quox Quietly Quits||213|
|21—A Bashful Brother||221|
|24—Dorothy is Delighted||251|
|25—The Land of Love||263|
“I WON’T!” cried Ann; “I won’t sweep the floor. It isbeneath my dignity.”
“Some one must sweep it,” replied Ann’s younger sister,Salye; “else we shall soon be wading in dust. And you arethe eldest, and the head of the family.”
“I’m Queen of Oogaboo,” said Ann, proudly. “But,”she added with a sigh, “my kingdom is the smallest and thepoorest in all the Land of Oz.”
This was quite true. Away up in the mountains, in a farcorner of the beautiful fairyland of Oz, lies a small valleywhich is named Oogaboo, and in this valley lived a few peoplewho were usually happy and contented and never cared toę 14 Ľwander over the mountain pass into the more settled parts ofthe land. They knew that all of Oz, including their ownterritory, was ruled by a beautiful Princess named Ozma, wholived in the splendid Emerald City; yet the simple folk ofOogaboo never visited Ozma. They had a royal family oftheir own—not especially to rule over them, but just as amatter of pride. Ozma permitted the various parts of hercountry to have their Kings and Queens and Emperors andthe like, but all were ruled over by the lovely girl Queen of theEmerald City.
The King of Oogaboo used to be a man named Jol JemkiphSoforth, who for many years did all the drudgery of decidingdisputes and telling his people when to plant cabbages andpickle onions. But the King’s wife had a sharp tongue andsmall respect for the King, her husband; therefore one nightKing Jol crept over the pass into the Land of Oz and disappearedfrom Oogaboo for good and all. The Queen waited afew years for him to return and then started in search of him,leaving her eldest daughter, Ann Soforth, to act as Queen.
Now, Ann had not forgotten when her birthday came, forthat meant a party and feasting and dancing, but she had quiteforgotten how many years the birthdays marked. In a landwhere people live always, this is not considered a cause forregret, so we may justly say that Queen Ann of Oogaboo wasold enough to make jelly—and let it go at that.
But she didn’t make jelly, or do any more of the houseworkthan she could help. She was an ambitious woman and constantlyresented the fact that her kingdom was so tiny and herpeople so stupid and unenterprising. Often she wonderedwhat had become of her father and mother, out beyond thepass, in the wonderful Land of Oz, and the fact that they didnot return to Oogaboo led Ann to suspect that they had founda better place to live. So, when Salye refused to sweep thefloor of the living room in the palace, and Ann would not sweepit, either, she said to her sister:
“I’m going away. This absurd Kingdom of Oogabootires me.”
“Go, if you want to,” answered Salye; “but you are veryfoolish to leave this place.”
“Why?” asked Ann.
“Because in the Land of Oz, which is Ozma’s country, youwill be a nobody, while here you are a Queen.”
“Oh, yes! Queen over eighteen men, twenty-seven womenand forty-four children!” returned Ann bitterly.
“Well, there are certainly more people than that in thegreat Land of Oz,” laughed Salye. “Why don’t you raise anarmy and conquer them, and be Queen of all Oz?” she asked,trying to taunt Ann and so to anger her. Then she made a faceat her sister and went into the back yard to swing in thehammock.
Her jeering words, however, had given Queen Ann an idea.She reflected that Oz was reported to be a peaceful countryand Ozma a mere girl who ruled with gentleness to all and wasobeyed because her people loved her. Even in Oogaboo thestory was told that Ozma’s sole army consisted of twenty-sevenfine officers, who wore beautiful uniforms but carriedno weapons, because there was no one to fight. Once therehad been a private soldier, besides the officers, but Ozma hadmade him a Captain-General and taken away his gun for fearit might accidentally hurt some one.
The more Ann thought about the matter the more she wasconvinced it would be easy to conquer the Land of Oz and setherself up as Ruler in Ozma’s place, if she but had an Army todo it with. Afterward she could go out into the world and conquerother lands, and then perhaps she could find a way to themoon, and conquer that. She had a warlike spirit that preferredtrouble to idleness.
It all depended on an Army, Ann decided. She carefullycounted in her mind all the men of her kingdom. Yes; therewere exactly eighteen of them, all told. That would not makea very big Army, but by surprising Ozma’s unarmed officers hermen might easily subdue them. “Gentle people are alwaysafraid of those that bluster,” Ann told herself. "I don’t wishto shed any blood, for that would shock my nerves and I mightfaint; but if we threaten and flash our weapons I am sureę 17 Ľthe people of Oz will fall upon their knees before me andsurrender."
This argument, which she repeated to herself more thanonce, finally determined the Queen of Oogaboo to undertakethe audacious venture.