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.