The Magic of Oz
Even a hawk has to fly high in order to cross the Deadly Desert, from which
poisonous fumes are constantly rising. Kiki Aru felt sick and faint by the time he
reached good land again, for he could not quite escape the effects of the
poisons. But the fresh air soon restored him and he alighted in a broad table-land
which is called Hiland. Just beyond it is a valley known as Loland, and these two
countries are ruled by the Gingerbread Man, John Dough, with Chick the Cherub
as his Prime Minister. The hawk merely stopped here long enough to rest, and
then he flew north and passed over a fine country called Merryland, which is
ruled by a lovely Wax Doll. Then, following the curve of the Desert, he turned
north and settled on a tree-top in the Kingdom of Noland.
Kiki was tired by this time, and the sun was now setting, so he decided to remain
here till morning. From his tree-top he could see a house near by, which looked
very comfortable. A man was milking a cow in the yard and a pleasant-faced
woman came to the door and called him to supper.
That made Kiki wonder what sort of food hawks ate. He felt hungry, but didn't
know what to eat or where to get it. Also he thought a bed would be more
comfortable than a tree-top for sleeping, so he hopped to the ground and said: "I
want to become Kiki Aru again--Pyrzqxgl!"
Instantly he had resumed his natural shape, and going to the house, he knocked
upon the door and asked for some supper.
"Who are you?" asked the man of the house.
"A stranger from the Land of Oz," replied Kiki Aru.
"Then you are welcome," said the man.
Kiki was given a good supper and a good bed, and he behaved very well,
although he refused to answer all the questions the good people of Noland asked
him. Having escaped from his home and found a way to see the world, the young
man was no longer unhappy, and so he was no longer cross and disagreeable.
The people thought him a very respectable person and gave him breakfast next
morning, after which he started on his way feeling quite contented.
Having walked for an hour or two through the pretty country that is ruled by King
Bud, Kiki Aru decided he could travel faster and see more as a bird, so he
transformed himself into a white dove and visited the great city of Nole and saw
the King's palace and gardens and many other places of interest. Then he flew
westward into the Kingdom of Ix, and after a day in Queen Zixi's country went on
westward into the Land of Ev. Every place he visited he thought was much more