I bet you won’t find this in a kid’s book these days –

From Chapter four of The Emerald City of Oz, by L. Frank Baum.

“I want you to march this army through an underground tunnel, which I am going to bore, to the Emerald City of Oz. When you get there I want you to conquer the Oz people, destroy them and their city, and bring all their gold and silver and precious stones back to my cavern. Also you are to recapture my Magic Belt and return it to me. Will you do this, General Crinkle?”

“No, your Majesty,” replied the Nome; “for it can’t be done.”

“Oh indeed!” exclaimed the King. Then he turned to his servants and said: “Please take General Crinkle to the torture chamber. There you will kindly cut him into thin slices. Afterward you may feed him to the seven-headed dogs.”

“Anything to oblige your Majesty,” replied the servants, politely, and led the condemned man away.

Italics mine.

rated PG

hey! I did an oz post, one year ago today, too!

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