Chapter I

You see – said the Cowardly Lion, with a whimper, „I haven’t the courage to keep tramping forever, without getting anywhere at all.”

Then Dorothy lost heart. She sat down on the grass and looked at her companions, and they sat down and looked at her, and Toto found that for the first time in his life he was too tired to chase a butterfly that flew past his head. So he put out his tongue and panted and looked at Dorothy as if to ask what they should do next.

„Suppose we call the field mice,” she suggested. „They could probably tell us the way to the Emerald City.”

„To be sure they could,” cried the Scarecrow. „Why didn’t we think of that before?”

Dorothy blew the little whistle she had always carried about her neck since the Queen of the Mice had given it to her. In a few minutes they heard the pattering of tiny feet, and many of the small gray mice came running up to her. Among them was the Queen herself, who asked, in her squeaky little voice:

„What can I do for my friends?”

„We have lost our way,” said Dorothy. „Can you tell us where the Emerald City is?”

„Certainly,” answered the Queen; „but it is a great way off, for you have had it at your backs all this time.” Then she noticed Dorothy’s Golden Cap, and said, „Why don’t you use the charm of the Cap, and call the Winged Monkeys to you? They will carry you to the City of Oz in less than an hour.”

„I didn’t know there was a charm,” answered Dorothy, in surprise. „What is it?”

„It is written inside the Golden Cap,” replied the Queen of the Mice. „But if you are going to call the Winged Monkeys we must run away, for they are full of mischief and think it great fun to plague us.”