As the royal audience was now over, they began to leave the Throne Room and soon there were none remaining except Ojo and his friends and Ozma and her favorites.
Although these beasts were quite free, no one present was alarmed by them; for the Cowardly Lion and the Hungry Tiger were well known and respected in the Emerald City and they always guarded the Ruler when she held high court in the Throne Room.
Meantime the Chief Steward had returned to the throne
room, where he said to the King:
The son Of Macedonian Philip had ere these Won Asia, and the throne
of Cyrus held At his dispose; young Scipio had brought down The Carthaginian pride; young Pompey quelled The Pontic king, and in triumph had rode.
Behind the arras that you see hanging in the rear of the throne
above you is a secret opening.
Towards the throne
they all strive: it is their madness--as if happiness sat on the throne
At three o'clock the Throne
Room was crowded with citizens, men, women and children being eager to witness the great trial.
Before them stretched a broad aisle lined on either side with soldiery, and as I looked there entered this aisle at the far end of the hall, the head of a procession which advanced to the foot of the throne
"At this rate we will soon have your Majesty upon the throne
again," said the Tin Woodman, laughing at his easy conquest of the guards.
So together they went to the Throne
Room, an immense domed chamber in the center of the palace.
The Scarecrow stood at the left of the throne
and the Tin Woodman at the right, while the Wonderful Wizard and the shaggy man stood behind.
"Please make yourselves comfortable while I go to the door of the Throne
Room and tell Oz you are here."
Fast and furious was the fighting as the nobles of Salensus Oll sprang, time and again, up the steps before the throne
only to fall back before a sword hand that seemed to have gained a new wizardry from its experience with the cunning Solan.
On four sides of the throne
and several feet below it stood three solid ranks of heavily armed soldiery, elbow to elbow.
Time itself, that shakes all the thrones
, is on the side of that king.