As will typically happen in adventure tales of this sort, the Wizard, Dorothy, Zeb, Jim, Eureka, and the nine piglets didn’t manage an uneventful passage out of their troubles; invisible bears did indeed pursue them. They would have been doomed but for the advice of a friendly (and of course invisible) stranger, who told them to use a peculiar leaf to rub the soles of their feet and the wheels of the buggy. In this way they were able to cross a river on its surface and thus evade the bears and finally reach the base of Pyramid Mountain.
They entered the mountain and started another upward trek, which at one point took them to an opening in the side of the mountain, out of which they see one of the most beautiful vistas Baum ever described. Below them they saw clouds above a dark sea, with Cloud Fairies lounging on them.
They were startled by a voice and turned to see an old, white-haired, white-bearded man whose locks and whiskers were braided and festooned with ribbons of many colors. Like the Wizard, he once worked in America, selling holes for American Swiss Cheese. At one point he had a store of holes that formed one long hole, through which he fell into the mountain where he’d been ever since.
The braided man offered Dorothy a box of rustles to complement her dress if only she would give him the blue ribbon in her hair, for he had none of his own.
Finally reaching the Valley of the Gargoyles (or, as Dorothy kept mispronouncing it, “Gurgles,”), the travelers were of course beset by the country’s fierce, wooden (indeed the whole valley was made of wood), and eerily silent winged inhabitants, who captured them, buggy and all, and put them in a high tower with no way down.
Eureka was able to climb down, however, and learned that the Gargoyle’s wings were detachable. Zeb lowered himself into a Gargoyle dwelling on the buggy harness and collected four pairs of wings, which he attached to the Jim’s harness and the buggy. They escaped, landing near another tunnel and leaving behind the wings to which Oz set fire, which naturally terrified the pursuing Gargoyles.
Onward went Our Friends, soon encountering a nest of dragonettes, or baby dragons. These vicious and ravenous, yet polite and well-spoken creatures had their tails tied to a rock in the back of their cave (their mother’s way of keeping them out of mischief), so Dorothy’s party passed by without incident.
They kept on until they reached a narrow space that dead-ended just under a crack in the high ceiling where sunlight shone through. At first they thought all was lost, but Dorothy remembered her arrangement with Ozma.
Knowing the girl ruler would look for Dorothy in the Magic Picture at a certain time, Dorothy gave her secret sign, and in a trice, first Dorothy, then the rest of the team found themselves in the Emerald City!