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Glinda of Oz

Under the Great Dome
When Glinda the Good and her followers of the Rescue Expedition came in sight of the
Enchanted Mountain of the Flatheads, it was away to the left of them, for the route they
had taken through the Great Forest was some distance from that followed by Ozma and
Dorothy.
They halted awhile to decide whether they should call upon the Supreme Dictator first, or
go on to the Lake of the Skeezers.
"If we go to the mountain," said the Wizard, "we may get into trouble with that wicked
Su-dic, and then we would be delayed in rescuing Ozma and Dorothy. So I think our best
plan will be to go to the Skeezer Country, raise the sunken island and save our friends
and the imprisoned Skeezers. Afterward we can visit the mountain and punish the cruel
magician of the Flatheads."
"That is sensible," approved the Shaggy Man. "I quite agree with you."
The others, too, seemed to think the Wizard's plan the best, and Glinda herself
commended it, so on they marched toward the line of palm trees that hid the Skeezers'
lake from view.
Pretty soon they came to the palms. These were set closely together, the branches, which
came quite to the ground, being so tightly interlaced that even the Glass Cat could
scarcely find a place to squeeze through. The path which the Flatheads used was some
distance away.
"Here's a job for the Tin Woodman," said the Scarecrow.
So the Tin Woodman, who was always glad to be of use, set to work with his sharp,
gleaming axe, which he always carried, and in a surprisingly short time had chopped
away enough branches to permit them all to pass easily through the trees.
Now the clear waters of the beautiful lake were before them and by looking closely they
could see the outlines of the Great Dome of the sunken island, far from shore and directly
in the center of the lake.
Of course every eye was at first fixed upon this dome, where Ozma and Dorothy and the
Skeezers were still fast prisoners. But soon their attention was caught by a more brilliant
sight, for here was the Diamond Swan swimming just before them, its long neck arched
proudly, the amethyst eyes gleaming and all the diamond-sprinkled feathers glistening
splendidly under the rays of the sun.
"That," said Glinda, "is the transformation of Queen Coo-ce-oh, the haughty and wicked
witch who betrayed the three Adepts at Magic and treated her people like slaves."
"She's wonderfully beautiful now," remarked the Frogman.
"It doesn't seem like much of a punishment," said Trot. "The Flathead Su-dic ought to
have made her a toad."
 
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