Table of Contents

+ Add to Library

Previous Next

Chapter 19 Ugu the Shoemaker

  • A curious thing about Ugu the Shoemaker was that he didn't suspect in th_east that he was wicked. He wanted to be powerful and great, and he hoped t_ake himself master of all the Land of Oz that he might compel everyone i_hat fairy country to obey him, His ambition blinded him to the rights o_thers, and he imagined anyone else would act just as he did if anyone els_appened to be as clever as himself.
  • When he inhabited his little shoemaking shop in the City of Herku, he had bee_iscontented, for a shoemaker is not looked upon with high respect, and Ug_new that his ancestors had been famous magicians for many centuries past an_herefore his family was above the ordinary. Even his father practiced magi_hen Ugu was a boy, but his father had wandered away from Herku and had neve_ome back again. So when Ugu grew up, he was forced to make shoes for _iving, knowing nothing of the magic of his forefathers. But one day, i_earching through the attic of his house, he discovered all the books o_agical recipes and many magical instruments which had formerly been in use i_is family. From that day, he stopped making shoes and began to study magic.
  • Finally, he aspired to become the greatest magician in Oz, and for days an_eeks and months he thought on a plan to render all the other sorcerers an_izards, as well as those with fairy powers, helpless to oppose him.
  • From the books of his ancestors, he learned the following facts:
  • (1) That Ozma of Oz was the fairy ruler of the Emerald City and the Land of O_nd that she could not be destroyed by any magic ever devised. Also, by mean_f her Magic Picture she would be able to discover anyone who approached he_oyal palace with the idea of conquering it.
  • (2) That Glinda the Good was the most powerful Sorceress in Oz, among he_ther magical possessions being the Great Book of Records, which told her al_hat happened anywhere in the world. This Book of Records was very dangerou_o Ugu's plans, and Glinda was in the service of Ozma and would use her art_f sorcery to protect the girl Ruler.
  • (3) That the Wizard of Oz, who lived in Ozma's palace, had been taught muc_owerful magic by Glinda and had a bag of magic tools with which he might b_ble to conquer the Shoemaker.
  • (4) That there existed in Oz—in the Yip Country—a jeweled dishpan made o_old, which dishpan would grow large enough for a man to sit inside it. Then,
  • when he grasped both the golden handles, the dishpan would transport him in a_nstant to any place he wished to go within the borders of the Land of Oz.
  • No one now living except Ugu knew of the powers of the Magic Dishpan, so afte_ong study, the shoemaker decided that if he could manage to secure th_ishpan, he could by its means rob Ozma and Glinda and the Wizard of Oz of al_heir magic, thus becoming himself the most powerful person in all the land.
  • His first act was to go away from the City of Herku and build for himself th_icker Castle in the hills. Here he carried his books and instruments o_agic, and here for a full year he diligently practiced all the magical art_earned from his ancestors. At the end of that time, he could do a good man_onderful things.
  • Then, when all his preparations were made, he set out for the Yip Country, an_limbing the steep mountain at night he entered the house of Cayke the Cooki_ook and stole her diamond-studded gold dishpan while all the Yips wer_sleep, Taking his prize outside, he set the pan upon the ground and uttere_he required magic word. Instantly, the dishpan grew as large as a bi_ashtub, and Ugu seated himself in it and grasped the two handles. Then h_ished himself in the great drawing room of Glinda the Good.
  • He was there in a flash. First he took the Great Book of Records and put it i_he dishpan. Then he went to Glinda's laboratory and took all her rar_hemical compounds and her instruments of sorcery, placing these also in th_ishpan, which he caused to grow large enough to hold them. Next he seate_imself amongst the treasures he had stolen and wished himself in the room i_zma's palace which the Wizard occupied and where he kept his bag of magi_ools. This bag Ugu added to his plunder and then wished himself in th_partments of Ozma.
  • Here he first took the Magic Picture from the wall and then seized all th_ther magical things which Ozma possessed. Having placed these in the dishpan,
  • he was about to climb in himself when he looked up and saw Ozma standin_eside him. Her fairy instinct had warned her that danger was threatening her,
  • so the beautiful girl Ruler rose from her couch and leaving her bedchamber a_nce confronted the thief.
  • Ugu had to think quickly, for he realized that if he permitted Ozma to rous_he inmates of her palace, all his plans and his present successes were likel_o come to naught. So he threw a scarf over the girl's head so she could no_cream, and pushed her into the dishpan and tied her fast so she could no_ove. Then he climbed in beside her and wished himself in his own wicke_astle. The Magic Dishpan was there in an instant, with all its contents, an_gu rubbed his hands together in triumphant joy as he realized that he no_ossessed all the important magic in the Land of Oz and could force all th_nhabitants of that fairyland to do as he willed.
  • So quickly had his journey been accomplished that before daylight the robbe_agician had locked Ozma in a room, making her a prisoner, and had unpacke_nd arranged all his stolen goods. The next day he placed the Book of Record_n his table and hung the Magic Picture on his wall and put away in hi_upboards and drawers all the elixirs and magic compounds he had stolen. Th_agical instruments he polished and arranged, and this was fascinating wor_nd made him very happy.
  • By turns the imprisoned Ruler wept and scolded the Shoemaker, haughtil_hreatening him with dire punishment for the wicked deeds he had done. Ug_ecame somewhat afraid of his fairy prisoner, in spite of the fact that h_elieved he had robbed her of all her powers; so he performed an enchantmen_hat quickly disposed of her and placed her out of his sight and hearing.
  • After that, being occupied with other things, he soon forgot her.
  • But now, when he looked into the Magic Picture and read the Great Book o_ecords, the Shoemaker learned that his wickedness was not to go unchallenged.
  • Two important expeditions had set out to find him and force him to give up hi_tolen property. One was the party headed by the Wizard and Dorothy, while th_ther consisted of Cayke and the Frogman. Others were also searching, but no_n the right places. These two groups, however, were headed straight for th_icker castle, and so Ugu began to plan how best to meet them and to defea_heir efforts to conquer him.