Rinkitink In Oz
"Our fault," said Rinkitink, "is that we conquer only one of these twin islands at a time.
When we conquered Regos, our foes all came to Coregos, and now that we have
conquered Coregos, the Queen has fled to Regos. And each time they removed the bridge
of boats, so that we could not follow them."
"What has become of our own boat, in which we came from Pingaree?" asked Bilbil.
"We left it on the shore of Regos," replied the Prince, "but I wonder if we could not get it
"Why don't you ask the White Pearl?" suggested Rinkitink.
"That is a good idea," returned the boy, and at once he drew the White Pearl from its
silken bag and held it to his ear. Then he asked: "How may I regain our boat?"
The Voice of the Pearl replied: "Go to the south end of the Island of Coregos, and clap
your hands three times and the boat will come to you.
"Very good!" cried Inga, and then he turned to his companions and said: "We shall be
able to get our boat whenever we please; but what then shall we do?"
"Take me home in it!" pleaded Zella.
"Come with me to my City of Gilgad," said the King, "where you will be very welcome
to remain forever."
"No," answered Inga, "I must rescue my father and mother, as well as my people.
Already I have the women and children of Pingaree, but the men are with my father in the
mines of Regos, and my dear mother has been taken away by Queen Cor. Not until all are
rescued will I consent to leave these islands."
"Quite right!" exclaimed Bilbil.
"On second thought," said Rinkitink, "I agree with you. If you are careful to sleep in your
shoes, and never take them off again, I believe you will be able to perform the task you
They counseled together for a long time as to their mode of action and it was finally
considered best to make the attempt to liberate King Kitticut first of all, and with him the
men from Pingaree. This would give them an army to assist them and afterward they
could march to Regos and compel Queen Cor to give up the Queen of Pingaree. Zella
told them that they could go in their boat along the shore of Regos to a point opposite the
mines, thus avoiding any conflict with the warriors of King Gos.
This being considered the best course to pursue, they resolved to start on the following
morning, as night was even now approaching. The servants being all busy in caring for
the women and children, Zella undertook to get a dinner for Inga and Rinkitink and