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The Cowardly Lion was much pleased to hear that the Wicked
 Witch had been melted by a bucket of water, and Dorothy at once
 unlocked the gate of his prison and set him free. They went in
 together to the castle, where Dorothy's first act was to call all
 the Winkies together and tell them that they were no longer slaves.
 There was great rejoicing among the yellow Winkies, for they
 had been made to work hard during many years for the Wicked Witch,
 who had always treated them with great cruelty. They kept this
 day as a holiday, then and ever after, and spent the time in
 feasting and dancing.
 "If our friends, the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman, were only
 with us," said the Lion, "I should be quite happy."
 "Don't you suppose we could rescue them?" asked the girl anxiously.
 "We can try," answered the Lion.
 So they called the yellow Winkies and asked them if they would
 help to rescue their friends, and the Winkies said that they would
 be delighted to do all in their power for Dorothy, who had set them
 free from bondage. So she chose a number of the Winkies who looked
 as if they knew the most, and they all started away. They traveled
 that day and part of the next until they came to the rocky plain
 where the Tin Woodman lay, all battered and bent. His axe was near him,
 but the blade was rusted and the handle broken off short.
 The Winkies lifted him tenderly in their arms, and carried him
 back to the Yellow Castle again, Dorothy shedding a few tears by
 the way at the sad plight of her old friend, and the Lion looking
 sober and sorry. When they reached the castle Dorothy said to the
 "Are any of your people tinsmiths?"
 "Oh, yes. Some of us are very good tinsmiths," they told her.
 "Then bring them to me," she said. And when the tinsmiths came,
 bringing with them all their tools in baskets, she inquired,
 "Can you straighten out those dents in the Tin Woodman, and bend him
 back into shape again, and solder him together where he is broken?"
 The tinsmiths looked the Woodman over carefully and then
 answered that they thought they could mend him so he would be as
 good as ever. So they set to work in one of the big yellow rooms
 of the castle and worked for three days and four nights, hammering
 and twisting and bending and soldering and polishing and pounding
 at the legs and body and head of the Tin Woodman, until at last he
 was straightened out into his old form, and his joints worked as
 well as ever. To be sure, there were several patches on him, but
 the tinsmiths did a good job, and as the Woodman was not a vain
 man he did not mind the patches at all.
 When, at last, he walked into Dorothy's room and thanked her
 for rescuing him, he was so pleased that he wept tears of joy,
 and Dorothy had to wipe every tear carefully from his face with
 her apron, so his joints would not be rusted. At the same time
 her own tears fell thick and fast at the joy of meeting her old
 friend again, and these tears did not need to be wiped away. As
 for the Lion, he wiped his eyes so often with the tip of his tail
 that it became quite wet, and he was obliged to go out into the
 courtyard and hold it in the sun till it dried.
 "If we only had the Scarecrow with us again," said the
 Tin Woodman, when Dorothy had finished telling him everything
 that had happened, "I should be quite happy."
 "We must try to find him," said the girl.
 So she called the Winkies to help her, and they walked all that day
 and part of the next until they came to the tall tree in the branches of
 which the Winged Monkeys had tossed the carecrow's clothes.
 It was a very tall tree, and the trunk was so smooth that no
 one could climb it; but the Woodman said at once, "I'll chop it
 down, and then we can get the Scarecrow's clothes."
 Now while the tinsmiths had been at work mending the Woodman
 himself, another of the Winkies, who was a goldsmith, had made an
 axe-handle of solid gold and fitted it to the Woodman's axe,
 instead of the old broken handle. Others polished the blade until
 all the rust was removed and it glistened like burnished silver.
 As soon as he had spoken, the Tin Woodman began to chop, and in a
 short time the tree fell over with a crash, whereupon the Scarecrow's
 clothes fell out of the branches and rolled off on the ground.
 Dorothy picked them up and had the Winkies carry them back to
 the castle, where they were stuffed with nice, clean straw; and
 behold! here was the Scarecrow, as good as ever, thanking them
 over and over again for saving him.
 Now that they were reunited, Dorothy and her friends spent a
 few happy days at the Yellow Castle, where they found everything
 they needed to make them comfortable.
 But one day the girl thought of Aunt Em, and said, "We must go
 back to Oz, and claim his promise."
 "Yes," said the Woodman, "at last I shall get my heart."
 "And I shall get my brains," added the Scarecrow joyfully.
 "And I shall get my courage," said the Lion thoughtfully.
 "And I shall get back to Kansas," cried Dorothy, clapping her hands.
 "Oh, let us start for the Emerald City tomorrow!"
 This they decided to do. The next day they called the Winkies
 together and bade them good-bye. The Winkies were sorry to have
 them go, and they had grown so fond of the Tin Woodman that they
 begged him to stay and rule over them and the Yellow Land of the West.
 Finding they were determined to go, the Winkies gave Toto and the Lion
 each a golden collar; and to Dorothy they presented a beautiful bracelet
 studded with diamonds; and to the Scarecrow they gave a gold-headed
 walking stick, to keep him from stumbling; and to the Tin Woodman they
 offered a silver oil-can, inlaid with gold and set with precious jewels.
 Every one of the travelers made the Winkies a pretty speech in
 return, and all shook hands with them until their arms ached.
 Dorothy went to the Witch's cupboard to fill her basket with
 food for the journey, and there she saw the Golden Cap. She tried
 it on her own head and found that it fitted her exactly. She did
 not know anything about the charm of the Golden Cap, but she saw
 that it was pretty, so she made up her mind to wear it and carry
 her sunbonnet in the basket.
 Then, being prepared for the journey, they all started for the
 Emerald City; and the Winkies gave them three cheers and many good
 wishes to carry with them.