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Chapter 22 The Sunken Island

  • As soon as they had breakfasted the next morning, Glinda and the Wizard an_he three Adepts went down to the shore of the lake and formed a line wit_heir faces toward the submerged island. All the others came to watch them,
  • but stood at a respectful distance in the background.
  • At the right of the Sorceress stood Audah and Aurah, while at the left stoo_he Wizard and Aujah. Together they stretched their arms over the water's edg_nd in unison the five chanted a rhythmic incantation.
  • This chant they repeated again and again, swaying their arms gently from sid_o side, and in a few minutes the watchers behind them noticed that the lak_ad begun to recede from the shore. Before long the highest point of the dom_ppeared above the water. Gradually the water fell, making the dome appear t_ise. When it was three or four feet above the surface Glinda gave the signa_o stop, for their work had been accomplished.
  • The blackened submarine was now entirely out of water, but Uncle Henry an_ap'n Bill managed to push it into the lake. Glinda, the Wizard, Ervic and th_depts got into the boat, taking with them a coil of strong rope, and at th_ommand of the Sorceress the craft cleaved its way through the water towar_he part of the Dome which was now visible.
  • "There's still plenty of water for the fish to swim in," observed the Wizar_s they rode along. "They might like more but I'm sure they can get alon_ntil we have raised the island and can fill up the lake again."
  • The boat touched gently on the sloping glass of the Dome, and the Wizard too_ome tools from his black bag and quickly removed one large pane of glass,
  • thus making a hole large enough for their bodies to pass through. Stout frame_f steel supported the glass of the Dome, and around one of these frames th_izard tied the end of a rope.
  • "I'll go down first," said he, "for while I'm not as spry as Cap'n Bill I'_ure I can manage it easily. Are you sure the rope is long enough to reach th_ottom?"
  • "Quite sure," replied the Sorceress.
  • So the Wizard let down the rope and climbing through the opening lowere_imself down, hand over hand, clinging to the rope with his legs and feet.
  • Below in the streets of the village were gathered all the Skeezers, men, wome_nd children, and you may be sure that Ozma and Dorothy, with Lady Aurex, wer_illed with joy that their friends were at last coming to their rescue.
  • The Queen's palace, now occupied by Ozma, was directly in the center of th_ome, so that when the rope was let down the end of it came just in front o_he palace entrance. Several Skeezers held fast to the rope's end to steady i_nd the Wizard reached the ground in safety. He hugged first Ozma and the_orothy, while all the Skeezers cheered as loud as they could.
  • The Wizard now discovered that the rope was long enough to reach from the to_f the Dome to the ground when doubled, so he tied a chair to one end of th_ope and called to Glinda to sit in the chair while he and some of th_keezers lowered her to the pavement. In this way the Sorceress reached th_round quite comfortably and the three Adepts and Ervic soon followed her.
  • The Skeezers quickly recognized the three Adepts at Magic, whom they ha_earned to respect before their wicked Queen betrayed them, and welcomed the_s friends. All the inhabitants of the village had been greatly frightened b_heir imprisonment under water, but now realized that an attempt was to b_ade to rescue them.
  • Glinda, the Wizard and the Adepts followed Ozma and Dorothy into the palace,
  • and they asked Lady Aurex and Ervic to join them. After Ozma had told of he_dventures in trying to prevent war between the Flatheads and the Skeezers,
  • and Glinda had told all about the Rescue Expedition and the restoration of th_hree Adepts by the help of Ervic, a serious consultation was held as to ho_he island could be made to rise.
  • "I've tried every way in my power," said Ozma, "but Coo-ee-oh used a ver_nusual sort of magic which I do not understand. She seems to have prepare_er witchcraft in such a way that a spoken word is necessary to accomplish he_esigns, and these spoken words are known only to herself."
  • "That is a method we taught her," declared Aurah the Adept.
  • "I can do no more, Glinda," continued Ozma, "so I wish you would try what you_orcery can accomplish."
  • "First, then," said Glinda, "let us visit the basement of the island, which _m told is underneath the village."
  • A flight of marble stairs led from one of Coo-ee-oh's private rooms down t_he basement, but when the party arrived all were puzzled by what they saw. I_he center of a broad, low room, stood a mass of great cog-wheels, chains an_ulleys, all interlocked and seeming to form a huge machine; but there was n_ngine or other motive power to make the wheels turn.
  • "This, I suppose, is the means by which the island is lowered or raised," sai_zma, "but the magic word which is needed to move the machinery is unknown t_s."
  • The three Adepts were carefully examining the mass of wheels, and soon th_olden-haired one said:
  • "These wheels do not control the island at all. On the contrary, one set o_hem is used to open the doors of the little rooms where the submarines ar_ept, as may be seen from the chains and pulleys used. Each boat is kept in _ittle room with two doors, one to the basement room where we are now and th_ther letting into the lake.
  • "When Coo-ee-oh used the boat in which she attacked the Flatheads, she firs_ommanded the basement door to open and with her followers she got into th_oat and made the top close over them. Then the basement door being closed,
  • the outer door was slowly opened, letting the water fill the room to float th_oat, which then left the island, keeping under water."
  • "But how could she expect to get back again?" asked the Wizard.
  • "Why the boat would enter the room filled with water and after the outer doo_as closed a word of command started a pump which pumped all the water fro_he room. Then the boat would open and Coo-ee-oh could enter the basement."
  • "I see," said the Wizard. "It is a clever contrivance, but won't work unles_ne knows the magic words."
  • "Another part of this machinery," explained the white-haired Adept, "is use_o extend the bridge from the island to the mainland. The steel bridge is in _oom much like that in which the boats are kept, and at Coo-ce-oh's command i_ould reach out, joint by joint, until its far end touched the shore of th_ake. The same magic command would make the bridge return to its forme_osition. Of course the bridge could not be used unless the island was on th_urface of the water."
  • "But how do you suppose Coo-ee-oh managed to sink the island, and make it ris_gain?" inquired Glinda.
  • This the Adepts could not yet explain. As nothing more could be learned fro_he basement they mounted the steps to the Queen's private suite again, an_zma showed them to a special room where Coo-ee-oh kept her magica_nstruments and performed all her arts of witchcraft.