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The Deadly Poppy Field

           "Now,"saidtheScarecrowtotheTinWoodman,"youmustgotothosetreesbytheriversideandmakeatruckthatwillcarrytheLion." 

           SotheWoodmanwentatoncetothetreesandbegantowork; andhesoonmadeatruckoutofthelimbsoftrees,fromwhichhechoppedawayalltheleavesandbranches. Hefastenedittogetherwithwoodenpegsandmadethefourwheelsoutofshortpiecesofabigtreetrunk. Sofastandsowelldidheworkthatbythetimethemicebegantoarrivethetruckwasallreadyforthem. 

           Theycamefromalldirections,andtherewerethousandsofthem:bigmiceandlittlemiceandmiddle-sizedmice; andeachonebroughtapieceofstringinhismouth. ItwasaboutthistimethatDorothywokefromherlongsleepandopenedhereyes. Shewasgreatlyastonishedtofindherselflyinguponthegrass,withthousandsofmicestandingaroundandlookingathertimidly. ButtheScarecrowtoldherabouteverything,andturningtothedignifiedlittleMouse,hesaid: 

           "PermitmetointroducetoyouherMajesty,theQueen." 

           DorothynoddedgravelyandtheQueenmadeacurtsy,afterwhichshebecamequitefriendlywiththelittlegirl. 

           TheScarecrowandtheWoodmannowbegantofastenthemicetothetruck,usingthestringstheyhadbrought. Oneendofastringwastiedaroundtheneckofeachmouseandtheotherendtothetruck. Ofcoursethetruckwasathousandtimesbiggerthananyofthemicewhoweretodrawit; butwhenallthemicehadbeenharnessed,theywereabletopullitquiteeasily. EventheScarecrowandtheTinWoodmancouldsitonit,andweredrawnswiftlybytheirqueerlittlehorsestotheplacewheretheLionlayasleep. 

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