Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz HTML version

17. The Nine Tiny Piglets
After breakfast Ozma announced that she had ordered a holiday to be observed
throughout the Emerald City, in honor of her visitors. The people had learned that their
old Wizard had returned to them and all were anxious to see him again, for he had always
been a rare favorite. So first there was to be a grand procession through the streets, after
which the little old man was requested to perform some of his wizardries in the great
Throne Room of the palace. In the afternoon there were to be games and races.
The procession was very imposing. First came the Imperial Cornet Band of Oz, dressed
in emerald velvet uniforms with slashes of pea-green satin and buttons of immense cut
emeralds. They played the National air called "The Oz Spangled Banner," and behind
them were the standard bearers with the Royal flag. This flag was divided into four
quarters, one being colored sky-blue, another pink, a third lavender and a fourth white. In
the center was a large emerald-green star, and all over the four quarters were sewn
spangles that glittered beautifully in the sunshine. The colors represented the four
countries of Oz, and the green star the Emerald City.
Just behind the royal standard-bearers came the Princess Ozma in her royal chariot,
which was of gold encrusted with emeralds and diamonds set in exquisite designs. The
chariot was drawn on this occasion by the Cowardly Lion and the Hungry Tiger, who
were decorated with immense pink and blue bows. In the chariot rode Ozma and
Dorothy, the former in splendid raiment and wearing her royal coronet, while the little
Kansas girl wore around her waist the Magic Belt she had once captured from the Nome
Following the chariot came the Scarecrow mounted on the Sawhorse, and the people
cheered him almost as loudly as they did their lovely Ruler. Behind him stalked with
regular, jerky steps, the famous machine-man called Tik-tok, who had been wound up by
Dorothy for the occasion. Tik-tok moved by clockwork, and was made all of burnished
copper. He really belonged to the Kansas girl, who had much respect for his thoughts
after they had been properly wound and set going; but as the copper man would be
useless in any place but a fairy country Dorothy had left him in charge of Ozma, who saw
that he was suitably cared for.
There followed another band after this, which was called the Royal Court Band, because
the members all lived in the palace. They wore white uniforms with real diamond buttons
and played "What is Oz without Ozma" very sweetly.
Then came Professor Woggle-Bug, with a group of students from the Royal College of
Scientific Athletics. The boys wore long hair and striped sweaters and yelled their college
yell every other step they took, to the great satisfaction of the populace, which was glad
to have this evidence that their lungs were in good condition.
The brilliantly polished Tin Woodman marched next, at the head of the Royal Army of
Oz which consisted of twenty-eight officers, from Generals down to Captains. There
were no privates in the army because all were so courageous and skillful that they had
been promoted one by one until there were no privates left. Jim and the buggy followed,
the old cab-horse being driven by Zeb while the Wizard stood up on the seat and bowed