THE RAINBOW BOOK
your own fortunes, and find your own happiness for yourselves. We must see what we can do to help you to freedom. Eh ? "
The little guests did not think to thank him, for their eyes had begun to roam with curiosity over the strange things that were all about. The cave dwelling was queerly furnished, if it could be called furniture. There were animals of all sizes and shapes, standing around stuffed, staring, and immovable. Snakes, fish, small birds ; an elephant just like life standing rigidly next to a number of grinning stuffed monkeys; while a crocodile with open jaws looked snaps at a startled fawn with wide-set eyes. It was like a frozen Zoological Gardens.
" Once upon a time," remarked the Wizard, following the children's source of interest, " all those poor creatures were children like you. Ah ! their end was sad, very sad ; very sad indeed !"
The Twins didn't like that remark at all, nor did they relish the winning smile this time that accompanied it. Then bursting out laughing he exclaimed—
" Now I'll show you something funny," and he brought out from a corner what looked like a cinematograph. " Look!" he said as he touched a spring and set it going.
There was a hissing sound, and the gloom at the