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Chapter 1 Out of Oogaboo

  • Three days later the Grand Army of Oogaboo assembled in the square in front o_he royal palace. The sixteen officers were attired in gorgeous uniforms an_arried sharp, glittering swords. The Private had picked his gun and, althoug_t was not a very big weapon, Files tried to look fierce and succeeded so wel_hat all his commanding officers were secretly afraid of him.
  • The women were there, protesting that Queen Ann Soforth had no right to tak_heir husbands and fathers from them; but Ann commanded them to keep silent,
  • and that was the hardest order to obey they had ever received.
  • The Queen appeared before her Army dressed in an imposing uniform of green,
  • covered with gold braid. She wore a green soldier-cap with a purple plume i_t and looked so royal and dignified that everyone in Oogaboo except the Arm_as glad she was going. The Army was sorry she was not going alone.
  • "Form ranks!" she cried in her shrill voice.
  • Salye leaned out of the palace window and laughed.
  • "I believe your Army can run better than it can fight," she observed.
  • "Of course," replied General Bunn, proudly. "We're not looking for trouble,
  • you know, but for plunder. The more plunder and the less fighting we get, th_etter we shall like our work."
  • "For my part," said Files, "I prefer war and carnage to anything. The only wa_o become a hero is to conquer, and the story-books all say that the easies_ay to conquer is to fight."
  • "That's the idea, my brave man!" agreed Ann. "To fight is to conquer and t_onquer is to secure plunder and to secure plunder is to become a hero. Wit_uch noble determination to back me, the world is mine! Good-bye, Salye. Whe_e return we shall be rich and famous. Come, Generals; let us march."
  • At this the Generals straightened up and threw out their chests. Then the_wung their glittering swords in rapid circles and cried to the Colonels:
  • "For-ward March!"
  • Then the Colonels shouted to the Majors: "For-ward March!" and the Major_elled to the Captains: "For-ward March!" and the Captains screamed to th_rivate:
  • "For-ward March!"
  • So Files shouldered his gun and began to march, and all the officers followe_fter him. Queen Ann came last of all, rejoicing in her noble army an_ondering why she had not decided long ago to conquer the world.
  • In this order the procession marched out of Oogaboo and took the narro_ountain pass which led into the lovely Fairyland of Oz.