The Lost Princess of Oz HTML version
The Unhappy Ferryman
Leaving the grove where they had slept, the Frogman and the Cookie Cook turned to the
east to seek another house, and after a short walk came to one where the people received
them very politely. The children stared rather hard at the big, pompous Frogman, but the
woman of the house, when Cayke asked for something to eat, at once brought them food
and said they were welcome to it. "Few people in need of help pass this way," she
remarked, "for the Winkies are all prosperous and love to stay in their own homes. But
perhaps you are not a Winkie," she added.
"No," said Cayke, "I am a Yip, and my home is on a high mountain at the southeast of
"And the Frogman, is he also a Yip?"
"I do not know what he is, other than a very remarkable and highly educated creature,"
replied the Cookie Cook. "But he has lived many years among the Yips, who have found
him so wise and intelligent that they always go to him for advice."
"May I ask why you have left your home and where you are going?" said the Winkie
Then Cayke told her of the diamond-studded gold dishpan and how it had been
mysteriously stolen from her house, after which she had discovered that she could no
longer cook good cookies. So she had resolved to search until she found her dishpan
again, because a Cookie cook who cannot cook good cookies is not of much use. The
Frogman, who had wanted to see more of the world, had accompanied her to assist in the
search. When the woman had listened to this story, she asked, "Then you have no idea as
yet who has stolen your dishpan?"
"I only know it must have been some mischievous fairy, or a magician, or some such
powerful person, because none other could have climbed the steep mountain to the Yip
Country. And who else could have carried away my beautiful magic dishpan without
The woman thought about this during the time that Cayke and the Frogman ate their
breakfast. When they had finished, she said, "Where are you going next?"
"We have not decided," answered the Cookie cook.
"Our plan," explained the Frogman in his important way, "is to travel from place to place
until we learn where the thief is located and then to force him to return the dishpan to its
"The plan is all right," agreed the woman, "but it may take you a long time before you
succeed, your method being sort of haphazard and indefinite. However, I advise you to
travel toward the east."