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The Tin Woodman of Oz

17. The Workshop of Ku-Klip
It was not more than a two hours' journey to the house where Nimmie Amee had lived,
but when our travelers arrived there they found the place deserted. The door was partly
off its hinges, the roof had fallen in at the rear and the interior of the cottage was thick
with dust. Not only was the place vacant, but it was evident that no one had lived there
for a long time.
"I suppose," said the Scarecrow, as they all stood looking wonderingly at the ruined
house, "that after the Wicked Witch was destroyed, Nimmie Amee became lonely and
went somewhere else to live."
"One could scarcely expect a young girl to live all alone in a forest," added Woot. "She
would want company, of course, and so I believe she has gone where other people live."
"And perhaps she is still crying her poor little heart out because no tin man comes to
marry her," suggested Polychrome.
"Well, in that case, it is the clear duty of you two tin persons to seek Nimmie Amee until
you find her," declared the Scarecrow.
"I do not know where to look for the girl," said the Tin Soldier, "for I am almost a
stranger to this part of the country."
"I was born here," said the Tin Woodman, "but the forest has few inhabitants except the
wild beasts. I cannot think of anyone living near here with whom Nimmie Amee might
care to live."
"Why not go to Ku-Klip and ask him what has become of the girl?" proposed
Polychrome.
That struck them all as being a good suggestion, so once more they started to tramp
through the forest, taking the direct path to Ku-Klip's house, for both the tin twins knew
the way, having followed it many times.
Ku-Klip lived at the far edge of the great forest, his house facing the broad plains of the
Munchkin Country that lay to the eastward. But, when they came to this residence by the
forest's edge, the tinsmith was not at home.
It was a pretty place, all painted dark blue with trimmings of lighter blue. There was a
neat blue fence around the yard and several blue benches had been placed underneath the
shady blue trees which marked the line between forest and plain. There was a blue lawn
before the house, which was a good sized building. Ku- Klip lived in the front part of the
house and had his work-shop in the back part, where he had also built a lean-to addition,
in order to give him more room.
 
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