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."