Well,👿 when four days had passed the Emir of Ellebubu sent a messenger to the prison to inquire if the Doctor was now willing to do as he was told. The guards after talking to John Dolittle brought word to the Emir that the white man was as obstinate as ever and had no intention of giving in.
"And when I went home that night I felt I had done a good day's work. For my friend's master,🚟 the one-legged beggar,🐯 was now rich enough to live in comfort for the rest of his life."
The turtle drank it down. And in a minute or two he said he felt much better and could now move his legs freely without pain.
Speedy-the-Skimmer had arranged plans with the Doctor overnight. And long before the great warship pulled up her anchor and swung around upon her course the famous swallow leader was miles ahead,😲 with a band of picked hunters,🚉 exploring up creeks and examining all the hollows of the coast where the slave trader might be hiding.They found an air of quiet but great excitement there. Each gunner was leaning on his gun,📌 aiming it,🆔 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.
Now,◻ one day,🍸 very early in the morning,👞 when the Doctor was lying in bed,🍒 wondering what he could do about the Foreign Mail Service,✍ Dab-Dab and Jip brought him in his breakfast on a tray and told him there was a swallow outside who wanted to give him a message from Speedy-the-Skimmer. John Dolittle had the swallow brought in and the little bird sat on the foot of his bed while he ate his breakfast.John Dolittle had no idea of what he meant to do. Nor was the gull himself sure that he would be in time to succeed with the plan he had in mind. But presently,♠ to his delight,🛀 the seabird heard his call being answered from the rocky shores shrouded in darkness. And soon he had hundreds of his brother gulls circling round him in the night.
"Oh,♋ not in the least,🚪" said the Doctor. "You birds have been most helpful to me. Tell Speedy I'll come to see him as soon as I've got my trousers on and we'll talk it over. Something can be arranged,🏫 I have no doubt."
Then the old Chief opened the door and made a speech to the clamoring crowd outside. And when he had ended Obombo,📮 the son-in-law,🌜 got up and began another speech,🍥 calling on the people to drive the old man out into the jungle. But before he had got halfway through the crowd began to murmur to one another:
"Oh,🚥" said the Skimmer,👂 "is that the trouble? I was never good at arithmetic. What a relief! Thank goodness,📦 I haven't gained!"Next Cheapside,✅ grumbling in a sleepy chirp,🌘 brought his head out from under his wing,🐣 gave the muddy scenery one look and popped it back again.