The Emerald City of Oz

By L. Frank Baum; John R. Neill | Go to book overview
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CHAPTER FOUR
HOW THE NOME KING PLANNED REVENGE

THE reason most people are bad is because they do not try to be good. Now, the Nome King had never tried to be good, so he was very bad indeed. Having decided to conquer the Land of Oz and to destroy the Emerald City and enslave all its people, King Roquat the Red kept planning ways to do this dreadful thing, and the more he planned the more he believed he would be able to accomplish it.

About the time Dorothy went to Ozma the Nome King called his Chief Steward to him and said:

"Kaliko, I think I shall make you the General of my armies."

"I think you won't," replied Kaliko, positively.

"Why not?" inquired the King, reaching for his scepter with the big sapphi .

"Because I'm your Chief Steward, and know nothing of

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