Glinda of Oz HTML version
The Sunken Island
As soon as they had breakfasted the next morning, Glinda and the Wizard and the three
Adepts went down to the shore of the lake and formed a line with their faces toward the
submerged island. All the others came to watch them, but stood at a respectful distance in
At the right of the Sorceress stood Audah and Aurah, while at the left stood the Wizard
and Aujah. Together they stretched their arms over the water's edge and in unison the five
chanted a rhythmic incantation.
This chant they repeated again and again, swaying their arms gently from side to side,
and in a few minutes the watchers behind them noticed that the lake had begun to recede
from the shore. Before long the highest point of the dome appeared above the water.
Gradually the water fell, making the dome appear to rise. When it was three or four feet
above the surface Glinda gave the signal to stop, for their work had been accomplished.
The blackened submarine was now entirely out of water, but Uncle Henry and Cap'n Bill
managed to push it into the lake. Glinda, the Wizard, Ervic and the Adepts got into the
boat, taking with them a coil of strong rope, and at the command of the Sorceress the
craft cleaved its way through the water toward the part of the Dome which was now
"There's still plenty of water for the fish to swim in," observed the Wizard as they rode
along. "They might like more but I'm sure they can get along until we have raised the
island and can fill up the lake again."
The boat touched gently on the sloping glass of the Dome, and the Wizard took some
tools from his black bag and quickly removed one large pane of glass, thus making a hole
large enough for their bodies to pass through. Stout frames of steel supported the glass of
the Dome, and around one of these frames the Wizard tied the end of a rope.
"I'll go down first," said he, "for while I'm not as spry as Cap'n Bill I'm sure I can manage
it easily. Are you sure the rope is long enough to reach the bottom?"
"Quite sure," replied the Sorceress.
So the Wizard let down the rope and climbing through the opening lowered himself
down, hand over hand, clinging to the rope with his legs and feet. Below in the streets of
the village were gathered all the Skeezers, men, women and children, and you may be
sure that Ozma and Dorothy, with Lady Aurex, were filled with joy that their friends
were at last coming to their rescue.
The Queen's palace, now occupied by Ozma, was directly in the center of the Dome, so
that when the rope was let down the end of it came just in front of the palace entrance.
Several Skeezers held fast to the rope's end to steady it and the Wizard reached the
ground in safety. He hugged first Ozma and then Dorothy, while all the Skeezers cheered
as loud as they could.
The Wizard now discovered that the rope was long enough to reach from the top of the
Dome to the ground when doubled, so he tied a chair to one end of the rope and called to