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The train from ‘Frisco was very late. It should have arrived at Hugson’s Siding at midnight, but it was already five o’clock and the gray dawn was breaking in the east when the little train slowly rumbled up to the open shed that served for the station-house. As it came to a stop the conductor called out in a loud voice: “Hugson’s Siding!”
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At once a little girl rose from her seat and walked to the door of the car, carrying a wicker suit-case in one hand and a round bird-cage covered up with newspapers in the other, while a parasol was tucked under her arm. The conductor helped her off the car and then the engineer started his train again, so that it puffed and groaned and moved slowly away up the track.
The reason he was so late was because all through the night there were times when the solid earth shook and trembled under him, and the engineer was afraid that at any moment the rails might spread apart and an accident happen to his passengers. So he moved the cars slowly and with caution.
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The little girl stood still to watch until the train had disappeared around a curve; then she turned to see where she was. The shed at Hugson’s Siding was bare save for an old wooden bench, and did not look very inviting. As she peered through the soft gray light not a house of any sort was visible near the station, nor was any person in sight.
But after a while the child discovered a horse and buggy standing near a group of trees a short distance away. She walked toward it and found the horse tied to a tree and standing motionless, with its head hanging down almost to the ground. It was a big horse, tall and bony, with long legs and large knees and feet.
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She could count his ribs easily where they showed through the skin of his body, and his head was long and seemed altogether too big for him, as if it did not fit. His tail was short and scraggly, and his harness had been broken in many places and fastened together again with cords and bits of wire. The buggy seemed almost new, for it had a shiny top and side curtains.
Getting around in front, so that she could look inside, the girl saw a boy curled up on the seat, fast asleep. She set down the bird-cage and poked the boy with her parasol. Presently he woke up, rose to a sitting position and rubbed his eyes briskly. “Hello!” he said, seeing her, “are you Dorothy Gale?” “Yes,” she answered, looking gravely at his tousled hair and blinking gray eyes.
“Have you come to take me to Hugson’s Ranch?” “Of course,” he answered. “Train in?” “I couldn’t be here if it wasn’t,” she said. He laughed at that, and his laugh was merry and frank. Jumping out of the buggy he put Dorothy’s suit-case under the seat and her bird-cage on the floor in front. “Canary-birds?” he asked. Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz PDF Book
“Oh no; it’s just Eureka, my kitten. I thought that was the best way to carry her.” The boy nodded. “Eureka’s a funny name for a cat,” he remarked. “I named my kitten that because I found it,” she explained. “Uncle Henry says ‘Eureka’ means ‘I have found it.'” “All right; hop in.” She climbed into the buggy and he followed her.
Then the boy picked up the reins, shook them, and said “Gid-dap!” The horse did not stir. Dorothy thought he just wiggled one of his drooping ears, but that was all. When Dorothy recovered her senses they were still falling, but not so fast. The top of the buggy caught the air like a parachute or an umbrella filled with wind.
And held them back so that they floated downward with a gentle motion that was not so very disagreeable to bear. The worst thing was their terror of reaching the bottom of this great crack in the earth, and the natural fear that sudden death was about to overtake them at any moment. Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz PDF Book
Crash after crash echoed far above their heads, as the earth came together where it had split, and stones and chunks of clay rattled around them on every side. These they could not see, but they could feel them pelting the buggy top, and Jim screamed almost like a human being when a stone overtook him and struck his boney body.
They did not really hurt the poor horse, because everything was falling together; only the stones and rubbish fell faster than the horse and buggy, which were held back by the pressure of the air, so that the terrified animal was actually more frightened than he was injured. How long this state of things continued Dorothy could not even guess, she was so greatly bewildered.
But bye and bye, as she stared ahead into the black chasm with a beating heart, she began to dimly see the form of the horse Jim—his head up in the air, his ears erect and his long legs sprawling in every direction as he tumbled through space. Also, turning her head, she found that she could see the boy beside her, who had until now remained as still and silent as she herself. Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz PDF Book
Dorothy sighed and commenced to breathe easier. She began to realize that death was not in store for her, after all, but that she had merely started upon another adventure, which promised to be just as queer and unusual as were those she had before encountered. With this thought in mind the girl took heart and leaned her head over the side of the buggy to see where the strange light was coming from.
Far below her she found six great glowing balls suspended in the air. The central and largest one was white, and reminded her of the sun. Around it were arranged, like the five points of a star, the other five brilliant balls; one being rose colored, one violet, one yellow, one blue and one orange.
This splendid group of colored suns sent rays darting in every direction, and as the horse and buggy—with Dorothy and Zeb—sank steadily downward and came nearer to the lights, the rays began to take on all the delicate tintings of a rainbow, growing more and more distinct every moment until all the space was brilliantly illuminated. Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz PDF Book
Dorothy was too dazed to say much, but she watched one of Jim’s big ears turn to violet and the other to rose, and wondered that his tail should be yellow and his body striped with blue and orange like the stripes of a zebra. Then she looked at Zeb, whose face was blue and whose hair was pink, and gave a little laugh that sounded a bit nervous. “Isn’t it funny?” she said.
The boy was startled and his eyes were big. Dorothy had a green streak through the center of her face where the blue and yellow lights came together, and her appearance seemed to add to his fright. “I—I don’t s-s-see any-thing funny—’bout it!” he stammered. Just then the buggy tipped slowly over upon its side, the body of the horse tipping also.
But they continued to fall, all together, and the boy and girl had no difficulty in remaining upon the seat, just as they were before. Then they turned bottom side up, and continued to roll slowly over until they were right side up again. During this time Jim struggled frantically, all his legs kicking the air; but on finding himself in his former position the horse said, in a relieved tone of voice: “Well, that’s better!” Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz PDF Book Download
Dorothy and Zeb looked at one another in wonder. “Can your horse talk?” she asked. “Never knew him to, before,” replied the boy. When the Wizard awoke the six colored suns were shining down upon the Land of the Mangaboos just as they had done ever since his arrival. The little man, having had a good sleep, felt rested and refreshed.
And looking through the glass partition of the room he saw Zeb sitting up on his bench and yawning. So the Wizard went in to him. “Zeb,” said he, “my balloon is of no further use in this strange country, so I may as well leave it on the square where it fell. But in the basket-car are some things I would like to keep with me.
I wish you would go and fetch my satchel, two lanterns, and a can of kerosene oil that is under the seat. There is nothing else that I care about.” So the boy went willingly upon the errand, and by the time he had returned Dorothy was awake. Then the three held a counsel to decide what they should do next, but could think of no way to better their condition. Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz PDF Book Download
“I don’t like these veg’table people,” said the little girl. “They’re cold and flabby, like cabbages, in spite of their prettiness.” “I agree with you. It is because there is no warm blood in them,” remarked the Wizard. “And they have no hearts; so they can’t love anyone—not even themselves,” declared the boy.
“The Princess is lovely to look at,” continued Dorothy, thoughtfully; “but I don’t care much for her, after all. If there was any other place to go, I’d like to go there.” “But IS there any other place?” asked the Wizard. “I don’t know,” she answered. Just then they heard the big voice of Jim the cab-horse calling to them.
And going to the doorway leading to the dome they found the Princess and a throng of her people had entered the House of the Sorcerer. So they went down to greet the beautiful vegetable lady, who said to them: “I have been talking with my advisors about you meat people, and we have decided that you do not belong in the Land of the Mangaboos and must not remain here.” Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz PDF Book Download
“How can we go away?” asked Dorothy. “Oh, you cannot go away, of course; so you must be destroyed,” was the answer. “In what way?” enquired the Wizard. “We shall throw you three people into the Garden of the Twining Vines,” said the Princess, “and they will soon crush you and devour your bodies to make themselves grow bigger.
The animals you have with you we will drive to the mountains and put into the Black Pit. Then our country will be rid of all its unwelcome visitors.” “But you are in need of a Sorcerer,” said the Wizard, “and not one of those growing is yet ripe enough to pick. I am greater than any thorn-covered sorcerer that every grew in your garden. Why destroy me?”
Another breathless climb brought our adventurers to a third landing where there was a rift in the mountain. On peering out all they could see was rolling banks of clouds, so thick that they obscured all else. But the travellers were obliged to rest, and while they were sitting on the rocky floor the Wizard felt in his pocket and brought out the nine tiny piglets. Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz PDF Book Download
To his delight they were now plainly visible, which proved that they had passed beyond the influence of the magical Valley of Voe. “Why, we can see each other again!” cried one, joyfully. “Yes,” sighed Eureka; “and I also can see you again, and the sight makes me dreadfully hungry. Please, Mr. Wizard, may I eat just one of the fat little piglets?
You’d never miss ONE of them, I’m sure!” “What a horrid, savage beast!” exclaimed a piglet; “and after we’ve been such good friends, too, and played with one another!” “When I’m not hungry, I love to play with you all,” said the kitten, demurely; “but when my stomach is empty it seems that nothing would fill it so nicely as a fat piglet.”
“And we trusted you so!” said another of the nine, reproachfully. “And thought you were respectable!” said another. “It seems we were mistaken,” declared a third, looking at the kitten timorously, “no one with such murderous desires should belong to our party, I’m sure.” “You see, Eureka,” remarked Dorothy, reprovingly, “you are making yourself disliked. Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz PDF Book Free
There are certain things proper for a kitten to eat; but I never heard of a kitten eating a pig, under ANY cir’stances.” “Did you ever see such little pigs before?” asked the kitten. “They are no bigger than mice, and I’m sure mice are proper for me to eat.” “It isn’t the bigness, dear; its the variety,” replied the girl.
“These are Mr. Wizard’s pets, just as you are my pet, and it wouldn’t be any more proper for you to eat them than it would be for Jim to eat you.” “And that’s just what I shall do if you don’t let those little balls of pork alone,” said Jim, glaring at the kitten with his round, big eyes. “If you injure any one of them I’ll chew you up instantly.