The Lost Princess of Oz HTML version

Ugu The Shoemaker
A curious thing about Ugu the Shoemaker was that he didn't suspect in the least that he
was wicked. He wanted to be powerful and great, and he hoped to make himself master
of all the Land of Oz that he might compel everyone in that fairy country to obey him,
His ambition blinded him to the rights of others, and he imagined anyone else would act
just as he did if anyone else happened to be as clever as himself.
When he inhabited his little shoemaking shop in the City of Herku, he had been
discontented, for a shoemaker is not looked upon with high respect, and Ugu knew that
his ancestors had been famous magicians for many centuries past and therefore his family
was above the ordinary. Even his father practiced magic when Ugu was a boy, but his
father had wandered away from Herku and had never come back again. So when Ugu
grew up, he was forced to make shoes for a living, knowing nothing of the magic of his
forefathers. But one day, in searching through the attic of his house, he discovered all the
books of magical recipes and many magical instruments which had formerly been in use
in his family. From that day, he stopped making shoes and began to study magic. Finally,
he aspired to become the greatest magician in Oz, and for days and weeks and months he
thought on a plan to render all the other sorcerers and wizards, as well as those with fairy
powers, helpless to oppose him.
From the books of his ancestors, he learned the following facts:
(1) That Ozma of Oz was the fairy ruler of the Emerald City and the Land of Oz and that
she could not be destroyed by any magic ever devised. Also, by means of her Magic
Picture she would be able to discover anyone who approached her royal palace with the
idea of conquering it.
(2) That Glinda the Good was the most powerful Sorceress in Oz, among her other
magical possessions being the Great Book of Records, which told her all that happened
anywhere in the world. This Book of Records was very dangerous to Ugu's plans, and
Glinda was in the service of Ozma and would use her arts of sorcery to protect the girl
(3) That the Wizard of Oz, who lived in Ozma's palace, had been taught much powerful
magic by Glinda and had a bag of magic tools with which he might be able to conquer the
(4) That there existed in Oz--in the Yip Country--a jeweled dishpan made of gold, which
dishpan would grow large enough for a man to sit inside it. Then, when he grasped both
the golden handles, the dishpan would transport him in an instant to any place he wished
to go within the borders of the Land of Oz.
No one now living except Ugu knew of the powers of the Magic Dishpan, so after long
study, the shoemaker decided that if he could manage to secure the dishpan, he could by
its means rob Ozma and Glinda and the Wizard of Oz of all their magic, thus becoming
himself the most powerful person in all the land. His first act was to go away from the