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The Monkeys Have Trouble
"Now," said the Wizard, "we must start for home. But how are we going to carry
that big gold flower-pot? Cap'n Bill can't lug it all the way, that's certain."
"No," acknowledged the sailor-man; "it's pretty heavy. I could carry it for a little
while, but I'd have to stop to rest every few minutes."
"Couldn't we put it on your back?" Dorothy asked the Cowardly Lion, with a good-
natured yawn.
"I don't object to carrying it, if you can fasten it on," answered the Lion.
"If it falls off," said Trot, "it might get smashed an' be ruined."
"I'll fix it," promised Cap'n Bill. "I'll make a flat board out of one of these tree
trunks, an' tie the board on the lion's back, an' set the flower-pot on the board."
He set to work at once to do this, but as he only had his big knife for a tool his
progress was slow.
So the Wizard took from his black bag a tiny saw that shone like silver and said
to it:
"Saw, Little Saw, come show your power; Make us a board for the Magic
And at once the Little Saw began to move and it sawed the log so fast that those
who watched it work were astonished. It seemed to understand, too, just what
the board was to be used for, for when it was completed it was flat on top and
hollowed beneath in such a manner that it exactly fitted the Lion's back.
"That beats whittlin'!" exclaimed Cap'n Bill, admiringly. "You don't happen to have
TWO o' them saws; do you, Wizard?"
"No," replied the Wizard, wiping the Magic Saw carefully with his silk
handkerchief and putting it back in the black bag. "It's the only saw of its kind in
the world; and if there were more like it, it wouldn't be so wonderful."
They now tied the board on the Lion's back, flat side up, and Cap'n Bill carefully
placed the Magic Flower on the board.
"For fear o' accidents," he said, "I'll walk beside the Lion and hold onto the flower-