The Lost Princess of Oz HTML version
Czarover Of Herku
Trot wakened just as the sun rose, and slipping out of the blankets, went to the edge of
the Great Orchard and looked across the plain. Something glittered in the far distance.
"That looks like another city," she said half aloud.
"And another city it is," declared Scraps, who had crept to Trot's side unheard, for her
stuffed feet made no sound. "The Sawhorse and I made a journey in the dark while you
were all asleep, and we found over there a bigger city than Thi. There's a wall around it,
too, but it has gates and plenty of pathways."
"Did you get in?" asked Trot.
"No, for the gates were locked and the wall was a real wall. So we came back here again.
It isn't far to the city. We can reach it in two hours after you've had your breakfasts."
Trot went back, and finding the other girls now awake, told them what Scraps had said.
So they hurriedly ate some fruit--there were plenty of plums and fijoas in this part of the
orchard--and then they mounted the animals and set out upon the journey to the strange
city. Hank the Mule had breakfasted on grass, and the Lion had stolen away and found a
breakfast to his liking; he never told what it was, but Dorothy hoped the little rabbits and
the field mice had kept out of his way. She warned Toto not to chase birds and gave the
dog some apple, with which he was quite content. The Woozy was as fond of fruit as of
any other food except honey, and the Sawhorse never ate at all.
Except for their worry over Ozma, they were all in good spirits as they proceeded swiftly
over the plain. Toto still worried over his lost growl, but like a wise little dog kept his
worry to himself. Before long, the city grew nearer and they could examine it with
In outward appearance the place was more imposing than Thi, and it was a square city,
with a square, four-sided wall around it, and on each side was a square gate of burnished
copper. Everything about the city looked solid and substantial; there were no banners
flying, and the towers that rose above the city wall seemed bare of any ornament
A path led from the fruit orchard directly to one of the city gates, showing that the
inhabitants preferred fruit to thistles. Our friends followed this path to the gate, which
they found fast shut. But the Wizard advanced and pounded upon it with his fist, saying
in a loud voice, "Open!"
At once there rose above the great wall a row of immense heads, all of which looked
down at them as if to see who was intruding. The size of these heads was astonishing, and
our friends at once realized that they belonged to giants who were standing within the
city. All had thick, bushy hair and whiskers, on some the hair being white and on others
black or red or yellow, while the hair of a few was just turning gray, showing that the
giants were of all ages. However fierce the heads might seem, the eyes were mild in