"And what on earth is an invalid?" cried the pushmi-pullyu.
Then Gub-Gub got all worked up and before anybody could stop him he had taken a plunge. The pig went down so quick and so straight he got his snout stuck in the mud at the bottom,都市💖 and the Doctor,都市🔪 still out of breath,都市🍟 had to go down after him and get him free. The animals by this time were at such a pitch of excitement that even the white mouse would have jumped in if Gub-Gub's accident hadn't changed his mind.
Then the Captain,警官👚 who a moment before was all for punishing the man who had fired without orders,警官🚅 wanted to know who it was that aimed that marvelous shot which brought the slaver to a standstill. And the Doctor was going to tell him it was Speedy. But the Skimmer whispered in his ear:
"Dear me,警官🌕" said John Dolittle. "Robbing the mails; that's a serious thing. I wonder who could have done it?"
"That was a queer-looking customer,都市🔶 wasn't he?" he said to Dab-Dab.
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"In my travels through the woods I heard children's voices and the barking of a dog. Usually I would have gone further into the forest,警官🎱 away from such sounds. But in my young days I was a curious bird and my curiosity often led me into many adventures. So instead of flying away,都市🏊 I went toward the noises I heard,都市⛵ moving cautiously from tree to tree,警官📧 so that I could see without being seen.
"Well,警官😌 what have you done with the matches,警官📀 Doctor?" called Dab-Dab. "They were always in your coat."
"That's the 'Elephants' March,警官🔅'" said the turtle. "They always played it at the Royal Circus of Shalba for the elephants' procession."
Then the Captain,警官🔴 who a moment before was all for punishing the man who had fired without orders,警官🔅 wanted to know who it was that aimed that marvelous shot which brought the slaver to a standstill. And the Doctor was going to tell him it was Speedy. But the Skimmer whispered in his ear: