Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz
20. Zeb Returns to the Ranch
Eureka was much surprised to find herself in disgrace; but she was, in spite of the fact
that she had not eaten the piglet. For the folks of Oz knew the kitten had tried to commit
the crime, and that only an accident had prevented her from doing so; therefore even the
Hungry Tiger preferred not to associate with her. Eureka was forbidden to wander around
the palace and was made to stay in confinement in Dorothy's room; so she began to beg
her mistress to send her to some other place where she could enjoy herself better.
Dorothy was herself anxious to get home, so she promised Eureka they would not stay in
the Land of Oz much longer.
The next evening after the trial the little girl begged Ozma to allow her to look in the
enchanted picture, and the Princess readily consented. She took the child to her room and
said: "Make your wish, dear, and the picture will show the scene you desire to behold."
Then Dorothy found, with the aid of the enchanted picture, that Uncle Henry had returned
to the farm in Kansas, and she also saw that both he and Aunt Em were dressed in
mourning, because they thought their little niece had been killed by the earthquake.
"Really," said the girl, anxiously, "I must get back as soon as poss'ble to my own folks."
Zeb also wanted to see his home, and although he did not find anyone morning for him,
the sight of Hugson's Ranch in the picture made him long to get back there.
"This is a fine country, and I like all the people that live in it," he told Dorothy. "But the
fact is, Jim and I don't seem to fit into a fairyland, and the old horse has been begging me
to go home again ever since he lost the race. So, if you can find a way to fix it, we'll be
much obliged to you."
"Ozma can do it, easily," replied Dorothy. "Tomorrow morning I'll go to Kansas and you
can go to Californy."
That last evening was so delightful that the boy will never forget it as long as he lives.
They were all together (except Eureka) in the pretty rooms of the Princess, and the
Wizard did some new tricks, and the Scarecrow told stories, and the Tin Woodman sang
a love song in a sonorous, metallic voice, and everybody laughed and had a good time.
Then Dorothy wound up Tik-tok and he danced a jig to amuse the company, after which
the Yellow Hen related some of her adventures with the Nome King in the Land of Ev.
The Princess served delicious refreshments to those who were in the habit of eating, and
when Dorothy's bed time arrived the company separated after exchanging many friendly
Next morning they all assembled for the final parting, and many of the officials and
courtiers came to look upon the impressive ceremonies.
Dorothy held Eureka in her arms and bade her friends a fond good-bye.