On the ship the seamen were still fighting with the gulls. The captain,雪藏😹 seeing that no helmsman could steer the boat right with thousands of wings fluttering in his eyes,提拉🎑 gave the orders to lay the ship to for a little and to get out the hose pipes. And a strong stream of water was turned on to the gulls around the helmsman,米苏🚧 so they could no longer get near him. Then the ship got under way again and came on toward the cape once more.
Too-Too yawned and blinked up sleepily at the lantern hanging above his head.
"With the greatest of pleasure,米苏🛁" said the cormorant.
But the second in command plucked him by the sleeve and pointed across the water. Speedy's cannon ball had cut the slaver's mainmast clean in two and brought the sails down in a heap upon the deck!But wherever money is made in large quantities and business is good,米苏👖 there strangers will always come,雪藏📂 seeking their fortune. And before long the little village that used to be so poor and insignificant was full of traders from the neighboring kingdoms,雪藏📠 buying and selling in the crowded,雪藏😇 busy markets. And,米苏🍼 of course,米苏📓 questions were soon asked as to how this country had suddenly got so rich. And,提拉📺 although the Chief had carried out the Doctor's orders and had only intrusted the secret of the fisheries to a few picked men,提拉🌟 folks began to notice that canoes frequently came and went between the Harmattan Rocks and the village of Chief Nyam-Nyam.
"At last!" he muttered. "Let's hope I'm not too late!"
"Now,提拉😉 my idea,提拉🛁 Speedy,雪藏🆑 is this,雪藏💡" said the Doctor. "Regular foreign mails are difficult for the Fantippo post office because so few boats ever call there to bring or take the mails. Now,米苏🏦 how would it be if you swallows did the letter carrying?"
Speedy had agreed with the Doctor upon a sort of overhead telegraph system to be carried on by the swallows. And as soon as the millions of little birds had spread themselves out in a line along the coast,雪藏🌛 so that the sky was speckled with them as far as the eye could reach,米苏🐖 they began passing messages,提拉🙋 by whistling to one another,提拉🌝 all the way from the scouts in front back to the Doctor on the warship,提拉💧 to give news of how the hunt was progressing.
Then,提拉👡 with Jip's and Dab-Dab's help,雪藏🚟 he constructed a very comfortable basket-work hammock out of willow wands and fastened it between two larger mangroves. Into this he climbed and drew the blanket over him. Although the trees leaned down toward the water with his weight,米苏💁 they were quite strong and their bendiness acted like good bed springs.
And the frightened minister moved back among the crowd so the Doctor's evil gaze could not fall upon his face.
"Look here,提拉👺 Speedy,雪藏🙈" said John Dolittle,提拉♿ "we must try and trace this. Let us leave no stone unturned to find where this valuable document came from. First,雪藏😋 we will question everyone in the post office to find out who it was delivered it."