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The Lost Princess of Oz

The Little Pink Bear
"One Person and one Freak," said the big Lavender Bear when he had carefully examined
the strangers.
"I am sorry to hear you call poor Cayke the Cookie Cook a Freak," remonstrated the
Frogman.
"She is the Person," asserted the King. "Unless I am mistaken, it is you who are the
Freak."
The Frogman was silent, for he could not truthfully deny it.
"Why have you dared intrude in my forest?" demanded demanded the Bear King.
"We didn't know it was your forest," said Cayke, "and we are on our way to the far east,
where the Emerald City is."
"Ah, it's a long way from here to the Emerald City," remarked the King. "It is so far
away, indeed, that no bear among us has even been there. But what errand requires you to
travel such a distance?"
"Someone has stolen my diamond-studded gold dishpan," explained Cayke, "and as I
cannot be happy without it, I have decided to search the world over until I find it again.
The Frogman, who is very learned and wonderfully wise, has come with me to give me
his assistance. Isn't it kind of him?"
The King looked at the Frogman.
"What makes you so wonderfully wise?" he asked.
"I'm not," was the candid reply."The Cookie Cook and some others in the Yip Country
think because I am a big frog and talk and act like a man that I must be very wise. I have
learned more than a frog usually knows, it is true, but I am not yet so wise as I hope to
become at some future time."
The King nodded, and when he did so, something squeaked in his chest. "Did Your
Majesty speak?" asked Cayke.
"Not just then," answered the Lavender Bear, seeming to be somewhat embarrassed. "I
am so built, you must know, that when anything pushes against my chest, as my chin
accidentally did just then, I make that silly noise. In this city it isn't considered good
manners to notice. But I like your Frogman.
He is honest and truthful, which is more than can be said of many others. As for your late
lamented dishpan, I'll show it to you." With this he waved three times the metal wand
which he held in his paw, and instantly there appeared upon the ground midway between
 
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