Faced with the problem of getting across the desert’s life-destroying sands, Our Heroes seemed stumped. But the Shaggy Man remembered a friend of his. Uttering a rhyme while holding the Love Magnet, the Shaggy Man summoned the powerful and ingenious Johnny Dooit, who appeared in a wink along with his big copper trunk in which were his tools.
After introductions to the team, Dooit– who may have surpassed even the Tin Woodman in industriousness– proceeded to build a sailboat with runners like those of a sled, all the while singing a merry tune. Having finished the boat, he slammed shut his copper chest and vanished from view.
Their passage across the desert was slightly perilous, the sturdiness of the boat notwithstanding, and ended most abruptly with the boat smashing into pieces against the rocks lining the edge of the land. Everyone was flung out of the boat by the impact, but landed mostly unharmed.
Dorothy realized that they were in Winkie Country in the west of Oz, so she suggested heading toward the Emerald City. On their way they were delighted to discover the very Truth Pond of which King Kik-a-bray had spoken, and after a dip, both Button-Bright and the Shaggy Man were restored to their former countenances. Polly was equally delighted to see Button-Bright’s face, and declared him a ‘darling.”
Just a little futher along the way, they met Tik-tok and Billina! Introductions were made– Billina liking Toto better than Eureka– and Billina announced that she was now the proud mother of ten baby chicks all named Dorothy.
Tik-tok said that they Ozma had sent them to greet Dorothy and company, and that they were to spend the night in the Tin Woodman’s palace. In the palace’s courtyard, Dorothy and Toto discovered tin statues of all of Nick Chopper’s friends, including themselves as they looked on their first visit to Oz.
The Tin Emperor feasted his guests grandly, even having dewdrops for the Rainbow’s Daughter. However, Polychrome was so transported by the music playing during dinner that after only a few drops, she danced on and on. Here Baum had Nick employ a bit of tongue-twisting wordplay:
“‘I’m sorry the Rainbow’s Daughter missed her mist-cakes,’ said the Tin Woodman to Dorothy; ‘but by a mistake Miss Polly’s mist-cakes were mislaid and not missed until now.'”
In the morning after breakfast, the procession to the Emerald City began, stopping at a giant pumpkin made into a house to collect Jack Pumpkinhead. He soon emerged, wearing a brand-new pumpkin to succeed the three that had by now spoiled and which Jack had buried with dignity in his private graveyard.
A pleasant journey full of pleasant conversation seemed to come to a halt for Polly when she froze at the approach of a lion and a tiger, but Dorothy recognized her cowardly and hungry friends and put Polly at her ease.
Harnessed to Ozma’s chariot, the beasts offer Dorothy, Polly, and Button-Bright a ride to Ozma’s palace.