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THE WONDERFUL. WIZARD OF OZ.


evidently expected her to answer; so Dorothy said, with hesitation,

"You are very kind; but there must be some mistake. I have not killed anything."

"Your house did, anyway," replied the little old woman with a laugh; "and that is the same thing. See!" she continued, pointing to the corner of the house; "there are her toes sticking out from under a block of Dorothy looked and gave a little cry of fright. There, indeed, just under the corner of the great beam the house rested on, two feet were sticking out, shod in silver shoes with pointed toes.

"Oh, dear! oh, dear!." cried Dorothy, clasping her hands together in dismay; "the house must have fallen on her. What ever shall we do?"

"There's nothing-to-be done," said the little woman, calmly.

"But who was she?" asked Dorothy.

"She was the wicked Witch the East, as I said," answered the little woman. "She has held all. the Munchkins, in bondage for