Glinda the Good, having decided to try her sorcery upon the abandone_ubmarine, so that it would obey her commands, asked all of her party,
including the Skeezers, to withdraw from the shore of the take to the line o_alm trees. She kept with her only the little Wizard of Oz, who was her pupi_nd knew how to assist her in her magic rites. When they two were alone besid_he stranded boat, Glinda said to the Wizard:
"I shall first try my magic recipe No. 1163, which is intended to mak_nanimate objects move at my command. Have you a skeropythrope with you?"
"Yes, I always carry one in my bag," replied the Wizard. He opened his blac_ag of magic tools and took out a brightly polished skeropythrope, which h_anded to the Sorceress. Glinda had also brought a small wicker bag,
containing various requirements of sorcery, and from this she took a parcel o_owder and a vial of liquid. She poured the liquid into the skeropythrope an_dded the powder. At once the skeropythrope began to sputter and emit spark_f a violet color, which spread in all directions. The Sorceress instantl_tepped into the middle of the boat and held the instrument so that the spark_ell all around her and covered every bit of the blackened steel boat. At th_ame time Glinda crooned a weird incantation in the language of sorcery, he_oice sounding low and musical.
After a little the violet sparks ceased, and those that had fallen upon th_oat had disappeared and left no mark upon its surface. The ceremony was ende_nd Glinda returned the skeropythrope to the Wizard, who put it away in hi_lack bag.
"That ought to do the business all right," he said confidently
"Let us make a trial and see," she replied.
So they both entered the boat and seated themselves.
Speaking in a tone of command the Sorceress said to the boat: "Carry us acros_he lake, to the farther shore."
At once the boat backed off the sandy beach, turned its prow and moved swiftl_ver the water.
"Very good—very good indeed!" cried the Wizard, when the boat slowed up at th_hore opposite from that whence they had departed. "Even Coo-ee-oh, with al_er witchcraft, could do no better."
The Sorceress now said to the boat:
"Close up, submerge and carry us to the basement door of the sunken island—th_oor from which you emerged at the command of Queen Coo-ee-oh."
The boat obeyed. As it sank into the water the top sections rose from th_ides and joined together over the heads of Glinda and the Wizard, who wer_hus enclosed in a water-proof chamber. There were four glass windows in thi_overing, one on each side and one on either end, so that the passengers coul_ee exactly where they were going. Moving under water more slowly than on th_urface, the submarine gradually approached the island and halted with its bo_ressed against the huge marble door in the basement under the Dome. This doo_as tightly closed and it was evident to both Glinda and the Wizard that i_ould not open to admit the underwater boat unless a magic word was spoken b_hem or someone from within the basement of the island. But what was thi_agic word? Neither of them knew.
"I'm afraid," said the Wizard regretfully, "that we can't get in, after all.
Unless your sorcery can discover the word to open the marble door."
"That is probably some word only known to Coo-ce-oh," replied the Sorceress.
"I may be able to discover what it is, but that will require time. Let us g_ack again to our companions."
"It seems a shame, after we have made the boat obey us, to be balked by just _arble door," grumbled the Wizard.
At Glinda's command the boat rose until it was on a level with the glass dom_hat covered the Skeezer village, when the Sorceress made it slowly circle al_round the Great Dome.
Many faces were pressed against the glass from the inside, eagerly watchin_he submarine, and in one place were Dorothy and Ozma, who quickly recognize_linda and the Wizard through the glass windows of the boat. Glinda saw them,
too, and held the boat close to the Dome while the friends exchanged greeting_n pantomime. Their voices, unfortunately, could not be heard through the Dom_nd the water and the side of the boat. The Wizard tried to make the girl_nderstand, through signs, that he and Glinda had come to their rescue, an_zma and Dorothy understood this from the very fact that the Sorceress and th_izard had appeared. The two girl prisoners were smiling and in safety, an_nowing this Glinda felt she could take all the time necessary in order t_ffect their final rescue.
As nothing more could be done just then, Glinda ordered the boat to return t_hore and it obeyed readily. First it ascended to the surface of the water,
then the roof parted and fell into the slots at the side of the boat, and the_he magic craft quickly made the shore and beached itself on the sands at th_ery spot from which it had departed at Glinda's command. All the Oz peopl_nd the Skeezers at once ran to the boat to ask if they had reached th_sland, and whether they had seen Ozma and Dorothy. The Wizard told them o_he obstacle they had met in the way of a marble door, and how Glinda woul_ow undertake to find a magic way to conquer the door.
Realizing that it would require several days to succeed in reaching the islan_aising it and liberating their friends and the Skeezer people, Glinda no_repared a camp half way between the lake shore and the palm trees.
The Wizard's wizardry made a number of tents appear and the sorcery of th_orceress furnished these tents all complete, with beds, chairs, tables,
flags, lamps and even books with which to pass idle hours. All the tents ha_he Royal Banner of Oz flying from the centerpoles and one big tent, not no_ccupied, had Ozma's own banner moving in the breeze.
Betsy and Trot had a tent to themselves, and Button Bright and Ojo ha_nother. The Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman paired together in one tent and s_id Jack Pumpkinhead and the Shaggy Man, Cap'n Bill and Uncle Henry, Tik-To_nd Professor Wogglebug. Glinda had the most splendid tent of all, except tha_eserved for Ozma, while the Wizard had a little one of his own. Whenever i_as meal time, tables loaded with food magically appeared in the tents o_hose who were in the habit of eating, and these complete arrangements mad_he rescue party just comfortable as they would have been in their own homes.
Far into the night Glinda sat in her tent studying a roll of mystic scrolls i_earch of a word that would open the basement door of the island and admit he_o the Great Dome. She also made many magical experiments, hoping to discove_omething that would aid her. Yet the morning found the powerful Sorceres_till unsuccessful.
Glinda's art could have opened any ordinary door, you may be sure, but yo_ust realize that this marble door of the island had been commanded not t_pen save in obedience to one magic word, and therefore all other magic word_ould have no effect upon it. The magic word that guarded the door ha_robably been invented by Coo-ee-oh, who had now forgotten it. The only way,
then, to gain entrance to the sunken island was to break the charm that hel_he door fast shut. If this could be done no magic would be required to ope_t.
The next day the Sorceress and the Wizard again entered the boat and made i_ubmerge and go to the marble door, which they tried in various ways to open,
but without success.
"We shall have to abandon this attempt, I think," said Glinda. "The easies_ay to raise the island would be for us to gain admittance to the Dome an_hen descend to the basement and see in what manner Coo-ee-oh made the entir_sland sink or rise at her command. It naturally occurred to me that th_asiest way to gain admittance would be by having the boat take us into th_asement through the marble door from which Coo-ee-oh launched it. But ther_ust be other ways to get inside the Dome and join Ozma and Dorothy, and suc_ays we must find by study and the proper use of our powers of magic."
"It won't be easy," declared the Wizard, "for we must not forget that Ozm_erself understands considerable magic, and has doubtless tried to raise th_sland or find other means of escape from it and failed."
"That is true," returned Glinda, "but Ozma's magic is fairy magic, while yo_re a Wizard and I am a Sorceress. In this way the three of us have a grea_ariety of magic to work with, and if we should all fail it will be becaus_he island is raised and lowered by a magic power none of us is acquainte_ith. My idea therefore is to seek—by such magic as we possess—to accomplis_ur object in another way."
They made the circle of the Dome again in their boat, and once more saw Ozm_nd Dorothy through their windows and exchanged signals with the tw_mprisoned girls.
Ozma realized that her friends were doing all in their power to rescue her an_miled an encouragement to their efforts. Dorothy seemed a little anxious bu_as trying to be as brave as her companion.
After the boat had returned to the camp and Glinda was seated in her tent,
working out various ways by which Ozma and Dorothy could be rescued, th_izard stood on the shore dreamily eying the outlines of the Great Dome whic_howed beneath the clear water, when he raised his eyes and saw a group o_trange people approaching from around the lake. Three were young women o_tately presence, very beautifully dressed, who moved with remarkable grace.
They were followed at a little distance by a good-looking young Skeezer.
The Wizard saw at a glance that these people might be very important, so h_dvanced to meet them. The three maidens received him graciously and the on_ith the golden hair said:
"I believe you are the famous Wizard of Oz, of whom I have often heard. We ar_eeking Glinda, the Sorceress, and perhaps you can lead us to her."
"I can, and will, right gladly," answered the Wizard. "Follow me, please."
The little Wizard was puzzled as to the identity of the three lovely visitor_ut he gave no sign that might embarrass them.
He understood they did not wish to be questioned, and so he made no remarks a_e led the way to Glinda's tent.
With a courtly bow the Wizard ushered the three visitors into the graciou_resence of Glinda, the Good.