The Doctor was eating his lunch of sandwiches at the information desk when the little bird popped his head through the window and said in his cheeky Cockney voice:
"Here,养殖➖ drink this,养殖🚒" the Doctor ordered,养殖⚠ handing him a tea-cup full of some brown mixture. "I think you will find that that will soon relieve the stiffness in your front legs.""Well anyway thank goodness she rose in time!" said the Doctor,养殖❗ shaking the water out of his ears. "I was never so near drowning in my life. I suppose I'd better make myself a little more presentable before she gets her head out of water."
These were the days,养殖🎎 you must understand,养殖🔖 when slavery was being done away with. To capture,养殖😜 to buy or to sell slaves had,养殖😍 in fact,养殖😼 been strictly forbidden by most governments. But certain bad men still came down to the west coast of Africa and captured or bought slaves secretly and took them away in ships to other lands to work on cotton and tobacco plantations. Some African kings sold prisoners they had taken in war to these men and made a great deal of money that way.
THE BIRDS THAT HELPED COLUMBUS
It was four o'clock in the afternoon when the King brought that letter to the Doctor. And when His Majesty woke up in the morning and came down to breakfast there was the answer to it lying beside his plate!
They found an air of quiet but great excitement there. Each gunner was leaning on his gun,养殖🔭 aiming it,养殖🐜 watching the enemy's ship in the distance and waiting for the order to fire. The poor man who had been mobbed by his fellows was still almost in tears at his own stupid mistake.
And now Jip,养殖🏠 Dab-Dab,养殖👧 Gub-Gub,养殖🏤 Too-Too and the rest of them gathered around John Dolittle and wanted to hear all about his adventures. And it was tea time before he had done telling them. So the Doctor asked Zuzana and her husband to take tea with him before they went ashore.
As soon as their backs were turned Speedy jumped on top of one of the guns and,养殖🎷 straddling his short,养殖😒 white legs apart,养殖😠 he cast his beady little black eyes along the aiming sights. Then with his wings he signaled to the Doctor behind him to swing the gun this way and that,养殖✉ so as to aim it the way he wanted.
This time the officers all burst out laughing and tapped their foreheads knowingly,养殖🀄 to show they thought the Doctor was crazy. And the Captain,养殖🐀 thinking he was being made a fool of,养殖🌎 flew into a rage once more and was all for having the Doctor arrested again.After supper had been served and eaten and the Doctor had been made to tell the story of the pearl fisheries all over again for the benefit of his own family circle,养殖😨 he at last turned to the enormous pile of letters which were waiting for him. They came,养殖📐 as usual,养殖👑 from all parts of the world,养殖😔 from every conceivable kind of animal and bird. For hours he waded patiently through them,养殖🌙 answering them as they came. Speedy acted as his secretary and took down in bird and animal scribble the answers that the Doctor reeled off by the dozen. Often John Dolittle dictated so fast that the poor Skimmer had to get Too-Too (who had a wonderful memory) to come and help listen,养殖🚦 so nothing should be missed through not writing it down quick enough.
"And sure enough,养殖⛽ the dealer and a few of the richer townsfolk bought the whole lot at twenty guineas apiece.