Pointing a cork-loaded pop-gun at Cayke and the Frogman, the teddy bear, half Cayke’s height and by name Corporal Waddle, marched them to Bear Center, a patch of lawn surrounded by trees in which a society of toy bears dwellt. Their ruler was a big Lavender Bear whom Waddle entreated to try the prisoners.
The Lavender Bear, a sorcerer of sorts, listened to their story and asked the Little Pink Bear, who spoke only the truth when a crank in his side was turned, where Cayke’s dishpan was. The Pink Bear declared that Ugu the Shoemaker had it. The Lavender Bear King offered to join them and brought the Pink Bear with him.
As may be expected, both groups soon met; Scraps and the Frogman espied each other over the crest of the same hill a few miles from Ugu’s wicker castle. His Majesty used his power to show what Ugu was doing, and before them appeared the shoemaker watching the Magic Picture, which showed them looking into the Bear King’s conjured image.
Ugu was aware of their intent, thanks to the many objects he had stolen, including Cayke’s dishpan, which unbeknownst to her, could be enlarged and used as a transportation device. In this, he had zapped into Glinda’s palace and the palace of the Emerald City, where he had been surprised by Ozma, whom he kidnapped for extra measure. In time, he enchanted her away out of his sight and hearing.
When asked, the Pink Bear announced that Ozma was in a hole nearby. All went to look and only found Button-Bright. Most thought the Pink Bear had been wrong, but the Lavender Bear and Cayke stood by him.
The team, now fifteen strong, approached the castle of Ugu, who threw spells at them. But the Wizard recognized the wall of fire as one of Glinda’s spells and knew how to undo it.
A steel, spike-filled wall, one of the Wizard’s own enchantments, was undone by the Frogman leaping over it and pricking it with a pin from Betsy.
An illusory phalanx of girl warriors was easily overcome as Scraps showed everyone they could just walk through the grim-visaged girls.
Our Heroes confronted Ugu in a domed room filled with the magical items he had stolen. The wicked shoemaker caused them to fall slowly upwards into the dome, from which they were only able to escape by means of the Magic Belt around Dorothy’s waist.
Ugu had not stolen this, because, simply, he only sought Oz magic and knew nothing of the magic of the Nomes.
With its power, she transformed Ugu into a dove. He fought the change and became a giant, deadly dove, and made to attack Dorothy. The Frogman leaped onto his back and grappled with him until Dorothy was able to finish changing him into a small, gentle dove.
He alighted on the dishpan and escaped. The Record Book said he was in Winkie Country, but the main concern now was finding Princess Ozma.