No Ruler ever had such a queer assortment of advisers as the Princess Ozma ha_athered about her throne. Indeed, in no other country could such amazin_eople exist. But Ozma loved them for their peculiarities and could trus_very one of them.
First there was the Tin Woodman. Every bit of him was tin, brightly polished.
All his joints were kept well oiled and moved smoothly. He carried a gleamin_xe to prove he was a woodman, but seldom had cause to use it because he live_n a magnificent tin castle in the Winkie Country of Oz and was the Emperor o_ll the Winkies. The Tin Woodman's name was Nick Chopper. He had a very goo_ind, but his heart was not of much account, so he was very careful to d_othing unkind or to hurt anyone's feelings.
Another counsellor was Scraps, the Patchwork Girl of Oz, who was made of _audy patchwork quilt, cut into shape and stuffed with cotton. This Patchwor_irl was very intelligent, but so full of fun and mad pranks that a lot o_ore stupid folks thought she must be crazy. Scraps was jolly under al_onditions, however grave they might be, but her laughter and good spirit_ere of value in cheering others and in her seemingly careless remarks muc_isdom could often be found.
Then there was the Shaggy Man—shaggy from head to foot, hair and whiskers,
clothes and shoes—but very kind and gentle and one of Ozma's most loya_upporters.
Tik-Tok was there, a copper man with machinery inside him, so cleverl_onstructed that he moved, spoke and thought by three separate clock-works.
Tik-Tok was very reliable because he always did exactly what he was wound u_o do, but his machinery was liable to run down at times and then he was quit_elpless until wound up again.
A different sort of person was Jack Pumpkinhead, one of Ozma's oldest friend_nd her companion on many adventures. Jack's body was very crude and awkward,
being formed of limbs of trees of different sizes, jointed with wooden pegs.
But it was a substantial body and not likely to break or wear out, and when i_as dressed the clothes covered much of its roughness. The head of Jac_umpkinhead was, as you have guessed, a ripe pumpkin, with the eyes, nose an_outh carved upon one side. The pumpkin was stuck on Jack's wooden neck an_as liable to get turned sidewise or backward and then he would have t_traighten it with his wooden hands.
The worst thing about this sort of a head was that it did not keep well an_as sure to spoil sooner or later. So Jack's main business was to grow a fiel_f fine pumpkins each year, and always before his old head spoiled he woul_elect a fresh pumpkin from the field and carve the features on it ver_eatly, and have it ready to replace the old head whenever it becam_ecessary. He didn't always carve it the same way, so his friends never kne_xactly what sort of an expression they would find on his face. But there wa_o mistaking him, because he was the only pumpkin-headed man alive in the Lan_f Oz.
A one-legged sailor-man was a member of Ozma's council. His name was Cap'_ill and he had come to the Land of Oz with Trot, and had been made welcome o_ccount of his cleverness, honesty and good nature. He wore a wooden leg t_eplace the one he had lost and was a great friend of all the children in O_ecause he could whittle all sorts of toys out of wood with his big jack-
Professor H. M. Wogglebug, T. E., was another member of the council. The "H.
M." meant Highly Magnified, for the Professor was once a little bug, wh_ecame magnified to the size of a man and always remained so. The "T. E."
meant that he was Thoroughly Educated. He was at the head of Princess Ozma'_oyal Athletic College, and so that the students would not have to study an_o lose much time that could be devoted to athletic sports, such as football,
baseball and the like, Professor Wogglebug had invented the famous Educationa_ills. If one of the college students took a Geography Pill after breakfast,
he knew his geography lesson in an instant; if he took a Spelling Pill he a_nce knew his spelling lesson, and an Arithmetic Pill enabled the student t_o any kind of sum without having to think about it.
These useful pills made the college very popular and taught the boys and girl_f Oz their lessons in the easiest possible way. In spite of this, Professo_ogglebug was not a favorite outside his college, for he was very conceite_nd admired himself so much and displayed his cleverness and learning s_onstantly, that no one cared to associate with him. Ozma found him of valu_n her councils, nevertheless.
Perhaps the most splendidly dressed of all those present was a great frog a_arge as a man, called the Frogman, who was noted for his wise sayings. He ha_ome to the Emerald City from the Yip Country of Oz and was a guest of honor.
His long-tailed coat was of velvet, his vest of satin and his trousers o_inest silk. There were diamond buckles on his shoes and he carried a gold-
headed cane and a high silk hat. All of the bright colors were represented i_is rich attire, so it tired one's eyes to look at him for long, until on_ecame used to his splendor.
The best farmer in all Oz was Uncle Henry, who was Dorothy's own uncle, an_ho now lived near the Emerald City with his wife Aunt Em. Uncle Henry taugh_he Oz people how to grow the finest vegetables and fruits and grains and wa_f much use to Ozma in keeping the Royal Storehouses well filled. He, too, wa_ counsellor.
The reason I mention the little Wizard of Oz last is because he was the mos_mportant man in the Land of Oz. He wasn't a big man in size but he was a ma_n power and intelligence and second only to Glinda the Good in all the mysti_rts of magic. Glinda had taught him, and the Wizard and the Sorceress wer_he only ones in Oz permitted by law to practice wizardry and sorcery, whic_hey applied only to good uses and for the benefit of the people.
The Wizard wasn't exactly handsome but he was pleasant to look at. His bal_ead was as shiny as if it had been varnished; there was always a merr_winkle in his eyes and he was as spry as a schoolboy. Dorothy says the reaso_he Wizard is not as powerful as Glinda is because Glinda didn't teach him al_he knows, but what the Wizard knows he knows very well and so he perform_ome very remarkable magic. The ten I have mentioned assembled, with th_carecrow and Glinda, in Ozma's throne room, right after dinner that evening,
and the Sorceress told them all she knew of the plight of Ozma and Dorothy.
"Of course we must rescue them," she continued, "and the sooner they ar_escued the better pleased they will be; but what we must now determine is ho_hey can be saved. That is why I have called you together in council."
"The easiest way," remarked the Shaggy Man, "is to raise the sunken island o_he Skeezers to the top of the water again."
"Tell me how?" said Glinda.
"I don't know how, your Highness, for I have never raised a sunken island."
"We might all get under it and lift," suggested Professor Wogglebug.
"How can we get under it when it rests on the bottom of the lake?" asked th_orceress.
"Couldn't we throw a rope around it and pull it ashore?" inquired Jac_umpkinhead.
"Why not pump the water out of the lake?" suggested the Patchwork Girl with _augh.
"Do be sensible!" pleaded Glinda. "This is a serious matter, and we must giv_t serious thought."
"How big is the lake and how big is the island?" was the Frogman's question.
"None of us can tell, for we have not been there."
"In that case," said the Scarecrow, "it appears to me we ought to go to th_keezer country and examine it carefully."
"Quite right," agreed the Tin Woodman.
"We-will-have-to-go-there-any-how," remarked Tik-Tok in his jerky machin_oice.
"The question is which of us shall go, and how many of us?" said the Wizard.
"I shall go of course," declared the Scarecrow.
"And I," said Scraps.
"It is my duty to Ozma to go," asserted the Tin Woodman.
"I could not stay away, knowing our loved Princess is in danger," said th_izard.
"We all feel like that," Uncle Henry said.
Finally one and all present decided to go to the Skeezer country, with Glind_nd the little Wizard to lead them. Magic must meet magic in order to conque_t, so these two skillful magic-workers were necessary to insure the succes_f the expedition.
They were all ready to start at a moment's notice, for none had any affairs o_mportance to attend to. Jack was wearing a newly made Pumpkin-head and th_carecrow had recently been stuffed with fresh straw. Tik-Tok's machinery wa_n good running order and the Tin Woodman always was well oiled.
"It is quite a long journey," said Glinda, "and while I might travel quickl_o the Skeezer country by means of my stork chariot the rest of you will b_bliged to walk. So, as we must keep together, I will send my chariot back t_y castle and we will plan to leave the Emerald City at sunrise to-morrow."