"The Country of the Gargoyles is all wooden!" exclaimed Zeb; and so it was.
"What are Gargoyles?" asked Zeb.
The Gargoyles were very small of stature, being less than three feet in height.
A row of gargoyles surmounts each storey of the facade, which is also ornamented by sculptured friezes.
Other works include the Sheridan monument in Washington; " Mares of Diomedes " and " Ruskin " in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; statue of Lincoln, Newark, N.J.; statue of Henry Ward Beecher, Brooklyn; the Wyatt Memorial, Raleigh, N.C.; " The Flyer " at the university of Virginia; gargoyles for a Princeton dormitory; " Wonderment of Motherhood " and " Conception."
Our greatest Champion, Overman-Anu, once climbed the spiral stairway and fought nine days with the Gargoyles before he could escape them and come back; but he could never be induced to describe the dreadful creatures, and soon afterward a bear caught him and ate him up.
"What the Gargoyles most dread is a noise," said the man's voice.
In turn the Wizard and the children, the horse and the kitten, examined the Gargoyles with the same silent attention.
Crack! crash! bang! went his iron-shod hoofs against the wooden bodies of the Gargoyles, and they were battered right and left with such force that they scattered like straws in the wind.
But the Gargoyles were clever enough not to attack the horse the next time.
Zeb ran and picked up one of the Gargoyles that lay nearest to him.
Dorothy was captured in the same way, and numbers of the Gargoyles clung to Jim's legs, so weighting him down that the poor beast was helpless.
The Gargoyles roughly pushed them into the opening, where there was a platform, and then flew away and left them.
Looking out, they could see into some of the houses near them, where there were open windows in abundance, and were able to mark the forms of the wooden Gargoyles moving about in their dwellings.
If the Gargoyles can unhook the wings then the power to fly lies in the wings themselves, and not in the wooden bodies of the people who wear them.
So, if we had the wings, and could escape the Gargoyles, we might fly to that rock and be saved.
"You must be very quiet," warned the kitten; "for if you make the least noise the Gargoyles will wake up.
These preparations had not consumed a great deal of time, but the sleeping Gargoyles were beginning to wake up and move around, and soon some of them would be hunting for their missing wings.
The flames leaped up at once and the bonfire began to smoke and roar and crackle just as the great army of wooden Gargoyles arrived.
"Probably the Gargoyles are still busy trying to put out the fire," returned the Wizard.