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Chapter 24 Glinda's Triumph

  • Of course all those who had joined Glinda's expedition at once crossed th_ridge to the island, where they were warmly welcomed by the Skeezers. Befor_ll the concourse of people Princess Ozma made a speech from a porch of th_alace and demanded that they recognize her as their lawful Ruler and promis_o obey the laws of the Land of Oz. In return she agreed to protect them fro_ll future harm and declared they would no longer be subjected to cruelty an_buse.
  • This pleased the Skeezers greatly, and when Ozma told them they might elect _ueen to rule over them, who in turn would be subject to Ozma of Oz, the_oted for Lady Aurex, and that same day the ceremony of crowning the new Quee_as held and Aurex was installed as mistress of the palace.
  • For her Prime Minister the Queen selected Ervic, for the three Adepts had tol_f his good judgment, faithfulness and cleverness, and all the Skeezer_pproved the appointment.
  • Glinda, the Wizard and the Adepts stood on the bridge and recited a_ncantation that quite filled the lake with water again, and the Scarecrow an_he Patchwork Girl climbed to the top of the Great Dome and replaced the pan_f glass that had been removed to allow Glinda and her followers to enter.
  • When evening came Ozma ordered a great feast prepared, to which every Skeeze_as invited. The village was beautifully decorated and brilliantly lighted an_here was music and dancing until a late hour to celebrate the liberation o_he people. For the Skeezers had been freed, not only from the water of th_ake but from the cruelty of their former Queen.
  • As the people from the Emerald City prepared the next morning to depart Quee_urex said to Ozma:
  • "There is only one thing I now fear for my people, and that is the enmity o_he terrible Su-dic of the Flatheads. He is liable to come here at any tim_nd try to annoy us, and my Skeezers are peaceful folks and unable to figh_he wild and wilful Flatheads."
  • "Do not worry," returned Ozma, reassuringly. "We intend to stop on our way a_he Flatheads' Enchanted Mountain and punish the Su-dic for his misdeeds."
  • That satisfied Aurex and when Ozma and her followers trooped over the bridg_o the shore, having taken leave of their friends, all the Skeezers cheere_hem and waved their hats and handkerchiefs, and the band played and th_eparture was indeed a ceremony long to be remembered.
  • The three Adepts at Magic, who had formerly ruled the Flatheads wisely an_onsiderately, went with Princess Ozma and her people, for they had promise_zma to stay on the mountain and again see that the laws were enforced.
  • Glinda had been told all about the curious Flatheads and she had consulte_ith the Wizard and formed a plan to render them more intelligent an_greeable.
  • When the party reached the mountain Ozma and Dorothy showed them how to pas_round the invisible wall—which had been built by the Flatheads after th_depts were transformed—and how to gain the up-and-down stairway that led t_he mountain top.
  • The Su-dic had watched the approach of the party from the edge of the mountai_nd was frightened when he saw that the three Adepts had recovered thei_atural forms and were coming back to their former home. He realized that hi_ower would soon be gone and yet he determined to fight to the last. He calle_ll the Flatheads together and armed them, and told them to arrest all wh_ame up the stairway and hurl them over the edge of the mountain to the plai_elow. But although they feared the Supreme Dictator, who had threatened t_unish them if they did not obey his commands, as soon as they saw the thre_depts they threw down their arms and begged their former rulers to protec_hem.
  • The three Adepts assured the excited Flatheads that they had nothing to fear.
  • Seeing that his people had rebelled the Su-dic ran away and tried to hide, bu_he Adepts found him and had him cast into a prison, all his cans of brain_eing taken away from him.
  • After this easy conquest of the Su-dic, Glinda told the Adepts of her plan,
  • which had already been approved by Ozma of Oz, and they joyfully agreed to it.
  • So, during the next few days, the great Sorceress transformed, in a way, ever_lathead on the mountain.
  • Taking them one at a time, she had the can of brains that belonged to each on_pened and the contents spread on the flat head, after which, by means of he_rts of sorcery, she caused the head to grow over the brains—in the manne_ost people wear them—and they were thus rendered as intelligent and goo_ooking as any of the other inhabitants of the Land of Oz.
  • When all had been treated in this manner there were no more Flatheads at all,
  • and the Adepts decided to name their people Mountaineers. One good result o_linda's sorcery was that no one could now be deprived of the brains tha_elonged to him and each person had exactly the share he was entitled to.
  • Even the Su-dic was given his portion of brains and his flat head made round,
  • like the others, but he was deprived of all power to work further mischief,
  • and with the Adepts constantly watching him he would be forced to becom_bedient and humble.
  • The Golden Pig, which ran grunting about the streets, with no brains at all,
  • was disenchanted by Glinda, and in her woman's form was given brains and _ound head. This wife of the Su-dic had once been even more wicked than he_vil husband, but she had now forgotten all her wickedness and was likely t_e a good woman thereafter.
  • These things being accomplished in a satisfactory manner, Princess Ozma an_er people bade farewell to the three Adepts and departed for the Emeral_ity, well pleased with their interesting adventures.
  • They returned by the road over which Ozma and Dorothy had come, stopping t_et the Sawhorse and the Red Wagon where they had left them.
  • "I'm very glad I went to see these peoples," said Princess Ozma, "for I no_nly prevented any further warfare between them, but they have been freed fro_he rule of the Su-dic and Coo-ee-oh and are now happy and loyal subjects o_he Land of Oz. Which proves that it is always wise to do one's duty, howeve_npleasant that duty may seem to be."