“The prophecy of the magic beanstalk has been fulfilled. In this radiant and sublime Scarecrowcus, the spirit of Chang Wang Woe, the mighty, has returned.”
These words, intoned by the Grand Chew Chew, an imposing elderly Silverman (for so these cousins of the Chinese are called), quite bowled the Scarecrow over.
The Chew Chew explained that fifty years before, the Emperor of the Golden Islands, Woe’s bitter foe, sent a wizard to change Chang Wang Woe into a crocus. The late Empress Tsing Tsing, Woe’s devoted wife, watered it with her tears until one day it suddenly grew into a beanpole, reaching to the surface of the earth. A written note declared that in fifty years the Emperor would return.
Determined to do his duty, the Scarecrow tried to settle into the role, and found himself accompanied by Happy Toko, a small, fat Silverman who had been something like the Emperor’s jester when a little boy. The Scarecrow mangled his name into Tappy Oko, and it stuck.
The Scarecrow preferred Tappy’s company to that of the officious Chew Chew, and in defiance of the latter’s advice, went with Tappy on a tour of his dominions. He was appalled that he was expected to be apart from his subjects and regarded as better than they; this was not the way things were in Oz.
He was somewhat gratified to learn that Chang Wang Woe himself had defied convention in that Tsing Tsing had been the daughter of a commoner, and that the Chew Chew had disapproved of the marriage.
Out on the sea, ships from the Golden Islands were seen invading, and in an effort to avoid getting burned by their gunfire, the Scarecrow got out the fan, which turned out to possess mighty magic and levitated the fleet, then dropped them in the drink, following which they fled.
The victory celebration was a disappointing affair for the Scarecrow; he would not have eaten the food if he could, and the fireworks made him fear for his life.
Responding to a message that the Horners and Hoppers were again at war, Ozma and Betsy set out in the Red Wagon with the Sawhorse to try and settle the matter.
Meanwhile, lost in a forest, Dorothy, the Lion, and Sir Hokus encountered a giant, but he was a coward and made of candy. He let them have his marshmallow vest buttons and offered to lift them out of the forest if they would keep his secret.
Realizing they were in Winkie Country, they tried to get their bearings for Emerald City. They soon came to Fix City, a strange town, ruled by King Fix Sit, in which people stayed fixed in one spot while mobile furniture saw to their needs.
Dorothy asked after the Scarecrow, and Sir Hokus inquired if there were any dragons about, but the people of Fix City were unable to help. The king invited them to stay the night, and soon three beds trundled up, awaiting them.