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The Magic of Oz

The Lonesome Duck
Trot and Cap'n Bill stood before the Magic Flower, actually rooted to the spot.
"Aren't you hungry, Cap'n?" asked the little girl, with a long sigh, for she had
been standing there for hours and hours.
"Well," replied the sailor-man, "I ain't sayin' as I couldn't EAT, Trot--if a dinner
was handy--but I guess old folks don't get as hungry as young folks do."
"I'm not sure 'bout that, Cap'n Bill," she said thoughtfully. "Age MIGHT make a
diff'rence, but seems to me SIZE would make a bigger diff'rence. Seeing you're
twice as big as me, you ought to be twice as hungry."
"I hope I am," he rejoined, "for I can stand it a while longer. I do hope the Glass
Cat will hurry, and I hope the Wizard won't waste time a-comin' to us."
Trot sighed again and watched the wonderful Magic Flower, because there was
nothing else to do. Just now a lovely group of pink peonies budded and bloomed,
but soon they faded away, and a mass of deep blue lilies took their place. Then
some yellow chrysanthemums blossomed on the plant, and when they had
opened all their petals and reached perfection, they gave way to a lot of white
floral balls spotted with crimson--a flower Trot had never seen before.
"But I get awful tired watchin' flowers an' flowers an' flowers," she said
impatiently.
"They're might pretty," observed Cap'n Bill.
"I know; and if a person could come and look at the Magic Flower just when she
felt like it, it would be a fine thing, but to HAVE TO stand and watch it, whether
you want to or not, isn't so much fun. I wish, Cap'n Bill, the thing would grow fruit
for a while instead of flowers."
Scarcely had she spoken when the white balls with crimson spots faded away
and a lot of beautiful ripe peaches took their place. With a cry of mingled surprise
and delight Trot reached out and plucked a peach from the bush and began to
eat it, finding it delicious. Cap'n Bill was somewhat dazed at the girl's wish being
granted so quickly, so before he could pick a peach they had faded away and
bananas took their place. "Grab one, Cap'n!" exclaimed Trot, and even while
 
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