So, after a breakfast in which the magic of King Kik-a-bray provided each traveler with his or her favorite foods, and after Dorothy promised to have Ozma issue the donkey monarch a birthday invitation as well, Dorothy’s merry band continued on their journey.
Traveling up a hill and down again, they entered a valley in which they were surprised to see a small house all on its own. They were bemused to hear discordant music from within the house. They were astonished when a strange man in what seemed to be a band uniform emerged from the house and it became clear that the music, such as it was, seemed to be coming from his lungs.
Dubbed “the Musicker” by Button-Bright, the man gave his name as Allegro da Capo and explained in rhyme that his lungs were full of reeds and therefore he made music at all times. He asked to be invited to Ozma’s party and Dorothy said she would ask Ozma. Once out of his hearing, however, the Shaggy Man declared that he hoped Ozma wouldn’t invite him.
By and by they came to a rocky, unpleasant place where the road became uneven and Polly was obliged to stop dancing as she always did and watch her footing more carefully. Here they encountered the Scoodlers, an unsettlingly-built people who each had two fronts, but no backs, with black faces on one side of their detachable heads and white faces on the other. They shrieked to the travelers that they intended to make soup of them, but the Shaggy Man tried to placate them.
“Happening just then to feel the Love Magnet in his pocket, he said to the creatures, with more confidence:
“‘Don’t you love me?’
“‘Yes!’ they shouted, all together.
“‘Then you mustn’t harm me, or my friends,’ said the shaggy man, firmly.
“‘We love you in soup!’ they yelled, and in a flash turned their white sides to the front.
“‘How dreadful!’ said Dorothy. ‘This is a time, Shaggy Man, when you get loved too much.'”
The team was brought before the hideous Queen of the Scoodlers, who gave to command to have them cooked. So to a pantry they were taken, where the Shaggy Man got an idea. Polychrome danced over to the Scoodler guarding them and slapped one of his faces. The enraged Scoodler threw his head and the Shaggy Man caught it in a potato sack!
The party now ran out and crossed a narrow bridge over a chasm to safety. Scoodlers pursued and flung their heads at the travelers, but the Shaggy Man caught every one in the sack, which he dropped into the abyss.
Tired and hungry, Dorothy’s team were delighted when they reached a clear stream in a grove of fruit trees. Hard by this pleasant patch was a vast desert which Dorothy recognized, and a sign identified as, the desert that surrounded Oz.
But how were they to get across?