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Chapter 20 Zeb Returns to the Ranch

  • Eureka was much surprised to find herself in disgrace; but she was, in spit_f the fact that she had not eaten the piglet. For the folks of Oz knew th_itten had tried to commit the crime, and that only an accident had prevente_er from doing so; therefore even the Hungry Tiger preferred not to associat_ith her. Eureka was forbidden to wander around the palace and was made t_tay in confinement in Dorothy's room; so she began to beg her mistress t_end her to some other place where she could enjoy herself better.
  • Dorothy was herself anxious to get home, so she promised Eureka they would no_tay in the Land of Oz much longer.
  • The next evening after the trial the little girl begged Ozma to allow her t_ook in the enchanted picture, and the Princess readily consented. She too_he child to her room and said: "Make your wish, dear, and the picture wil_how the scene you desire to behold."
  • Then Dorothy found, with the aid of the enchanted picture, that Uncle Henr_ad returned to the farm in Kansas, and she also saw that both he and Aunt E_ere dressed in mourning, because they thought their little niece had bee_illed by the earthquake.
  • "Really," said the girl, anxiously, "I must get back as soon as poss'ble to m_wn folks."
  • Zeb also wanted to see his home, and although he did not find anyone mornin_or him, the sight of Hugson's Ranch in the picture made him long to get bac_here.
  • "This is a fine country, and I like all the people that live in it," he tol_orothy. "But the fact is, Jim and I don't seem to fit into a fairyland, an_he old horse has been begging me to go home again ever since he lost th_ace. So, if you can find a way to fix it, we'll be much obliged to you."
  • "Ozma can do it, easily," replied Dorothy. "Tomorrow morning I'll go to Kansa_nd you can go to Californy."
  • That last evening was so delightful that the boy will never forget it as lon_s he lives. They were all together (except Eureka) in the pretty rooms of th_rincess, and the Wizard did some new tricks, and the Scarecrow told stories,
  • and the Tin Woodman sang a love song in a sonorous, metallic voice, an_verybody laughed and had a good time. Then Dorothy wound up Tik-tok and h_anced a jig to amuse the company, after which the Yellow Hen related some o_er adventures with the Nome King in the Land of Ev.
  • The Princess served delicious refreshments to those who were in the habit o_ating, and when Dorothy's bed time arrived the company separated afte_xchanging many friendly sentiments.
  • Next morning they all assembled for the final parting, and many of th_fficials and courtiers came to look upon the impressive ceremonies.
  • Dorothy held Eureka in her arms and bade her friends a fond good-bye.
  • "You must come again, some time," said the little Wizard; and she promised sh_ould if she found it possible to do so.
  • "But Uncle Henry and Aunt Em need me to help them," she added, "so I can'_ver be very long away from the farm in Kansas."
  • Ozma wore the Magic Belt; and, when she had kissed Dorothy farewell and ha_ade her wish, the little girl and her kitten disappeared in a twinkling.
  • "Where is she?" asked Zeb, rather bewildered by the suddenness of it.
  • "Greeting her uncle and aunt in Kansas, by this time," returned Ozma, with _mile.
  • Then Zeb brought out Jim, all harnessed to the buggy, and took his seat.
  • "I'm much obliged for all your kindness," said the boy, "and very grateful t_ou for saving my life and sending me home again after all the good times I'v_ad. I think this is the loveliest country in the world; but not being fairie_im and I feel we ought to be where we belong—and that's at the ranch. Good-
  • bye, everybody!"
  • He gave a start and rubbed his eyes. Jim was trotting along the well-know_oad, shaking his ears and whisking his tail with a contented motion. Jus_head of them were the gates of Hugson's Ranch, and Uncle Hugson now came ou_nd stood with uplifted arms and wide open mouth, staring in amazement.
  • "Goodness gracious! It's Zeb—and Jim, too!" he exclaimed. "Where in the worl_ave you been, my lad?"
  • "Why, in the world, Uncle," answered Zeb, with a laugh.