The field mouse, now that it was freed from its enemy, stopped short; and coming slowly up to the Woodman it said, in a squeaky little voice: « Oh, thank you! Thank you ever so much for saving my life. » « Don’t speak of it, I beg of you, » replied the Woodman. « I have no heart, you know, so I am careful to help all those who may need a friend, even if it happens to be only a mouse. » « Only a mouse! » cried the little animal, indignantly. « Why, I am a Queen–the Queen of all the Field Mice! »
« Oh, indeed, » said the Woodman, making a bow. « Therefore you have done a great deed, as well as a brave one, in saving my life, » added the Queen. At that moment several mice were seen running up as fast as their little legs could carry them, and when they saw their Queen they exclaimed:
« Oh, your Majesty, we thought you would be killed! How did you manage to escape the great Wildcat? » They all bowed so low to the little Queen that they almost stood upon their heads. « This funny tin man, » she answered, « killed the Wildcat and saved my life. So hereafter you must all serve him, and obey his slightest wish. »
« We will! » cried all the mice, in a shrill chorus. And then they scampered in all directions, for Toto had awakened from his sleep, and seeing all these mice around him he gave one bark of delight and jumped right into the middle of the group. Toto had always loved to chase mice when he lived in Kansas, and he saw no harm in it.