The Marvelous Land of Oz HTML version
5. The Awakening of the Saw-horse
The Saw-Horse, finding himself alive, seemed even more astonished than Tip. He rolled
his knotty eyes from side to side, taking a first wondering view of the world in which he
had now so important an existence. Then he tried to look at himself; but he had, indeed,
no neck to turn; so that in the endeavor to see his body he kept circling around and
around, without catching even a glimpse of it. His legs were stiff and awkward, for there
were no knee-joints in them; so that presently he bumped against Jack Pumpkinhead and
sent that personage tumbling upon the moss that lined the roadside.
Tip became alarmed at this accident, as well as at the persistence of the Saw-Horse in
prancing around in a circle; so he called out:
"Whoa! Whoa, there!"
The Saw-Horse paid no attention whatever to this command, and the next instant brought
one of his wooden legs down upon Tip's foot so forcibly that the boy danced away in pain
to a safer distance, from where he again yelled:
"Whoa! Whoa, I say!"
Jack had now managed to raise himself to a sitting position, and he looked at the Saw-
Horse with much interest.
"I don't believe the animal can hear you," he remarked.
"I shout loud enough, don't I?" answered Tip, angrily.
"Yes; but the horse has no ears," said the smiling Pumpkinhead.
"Sure enough!" exclaimed Tip, noting the fact for the first time. "How, then, am I going
to stop him?"
But at that instant the Saw-Horse stopped himself, having concluded it was impossible to
see his own body. He saw Tip, however, and came close to the boy to observe him more
It was really comical to see the creature walk; for it moved the legs on its right side
together, and those on its left side together, as a pacing horse does; and that made its
body rock sidewise, like a cradle.
Tip patted it upon the head, and said "Good boy! Good Boy!" in a coaxing tone; and the
Saw-Horse pranced away to examine with its bulging eyes the form of Jack
"I must find a halter for him," said Tip; and having made a search in his pocket he
produced a roll of strong cord. Unwinding this, he approached the Saw-Horse and tied the