The Doctor said he never had the slightest idea of what he was eating,国语🐁 but as the mealy mixture was highly digestible and nutritious he did not see why he should mind. To supply his master with water the mouse got nuts,西游⚠ and after gnawing a tiny hole in one end he would chop the nut inside into pieces and shake it out through the hole. Then he would fill the empty shell with water and seal up the hole with gum arabic which he got from trees. The water-filled nuts were a little heavy for him to carry,国语📃 so Dab-Dab would bring them from the river as far as the outside end of the rat hole,西瓜👹 and the white mouse would roll them down the hole into the prison.
Suddenly an officer shouted "Fire!" And with a crash that shook the ship from stem to stern eight big cannon balls went whistling out across the water.
"I think it might be all right,影音🌙" said Speedy,影音📚 "if we can get the other birds to go in with us on the idea."
"I hope to do a little pearl fishing,影音🍤" said John Dolittle. "But first I must see the spoonbill and give her this registered package. Dab-Dab,影音🌓 would you please try to find her for me? With so many millions of sea birds around,西游🐖 myself,影音🔊 I wouldn't know how to begin to look for her.""All this time I was following them secretly and noiselessly overhead. At last the children sat down and the little girl said:
"Go on,国语👶 Gub-Gub,西瓜📠" said the Doctor. "Don't take any notice of them. I'm listening."
For a moment or two the pushmi-pullyu pawed the deck of the veranda with his dainty hoofs,影音🏮 as if wrapped in deep thought. Then,影音📪 looking up with one of his heads,影音🐋 he began speaking in a quiet voice,西瓜📤 while the other coughed apologetically below the level of the tea-table.
"'George Morland,影音💰' said the spaniel.
"Well,国语🌙 the fourth week after the enemy came the food in the castle was all gone and the king gave orders that the pigs must be eaten. The queen raised a great outcry and begged that her pet should be spared. But the king was very firm.
"My word!" the Doctor murmured in a quiet voice. "Here one could almost believe that the Flood was not over yet!"
"'Where have you been?'"
"Yes,影音😅 thanks,国语📋" said John Dolittle.
And now the Doctor set out with his animals and the old Chief to return to Nyam-Nyam's country from the land where he had been imprisoned. On the way they kept meeting with groups of the Chief's people who were still hiding in the jungle. These were told the glad tidings of the Emir's promise. When they learned that their land was now free and safe again the people joined the Doctor's party for the return journey. And long before he came in sight of the village John Dolittle looked like a conquering general coming back at the head of an army,西游㊙ so many had gathered to him on the way.
So the Doctor's boat was now turned into a nesting ship for the swallows. Calmly she stood at anchor in the quiet waters of Fantippo harbor,西瓜🈳 while thousands and thousands of swallows built their nests in her rigging,国语🚟 in her ventilators,影音👟 in her portholes and in every crack and corner of her.
"Oh,影音🍃 Dab-Dab,影音🐝" he cried,国语🎒 "how beautiful! Look,国语🚈 look!"
One day Gub-Gub came to the Doctor and said:"There doesn't seem to be anything very hopeful there,国语🔷" said the Doctor.
"Quip,西游🐂" said Speedy,国语🈁 "take this letter to the Azores as fast as you can. There you'll just catch the White Tailed Carolina Warblers about to make their summer crossing to the United States. Give it to them and tell them to get the answer back here,西瓜🏤 as quick as they know how."
CHAPTER VIAs soon as their backs were turned Speedy jumped on top of one of the guns and,影音🏂 straddling his short,西瓜🍹 white legs apart,影音💓 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,影音🚉 so as to aim it the way he wanted.
"The fall of the year 1492 was a stormy season. Gales and squalls were blowing up all the time and we did not get started on our trip until the second week in October. My ancestor had been the leader of the flock for a long time. But he had grown sort of old and feeble and a younger bird was elected in his place to lead the Golden Jays to Venezuela that year. The new leader was a conceited youngster,西游💧 and because he had been chosen he thought he knew everything about navigation and weather and sea crossings.
"'Look here,西游📗' he said to the beggar. 'Would you like me to re-draw all your pictures for you? Of course,西瓜☠ those done on the pavement you couldn't sell,西瓜🐂 but we can rub them out. And I've got some spare canvases in my satchel here. Maybe you could sell a few. I can sell pictures in London any day in the week. But I've never been a pavement artist before. It would be rather a lark to see what happens.'
There was no end to the complimentary ceremonies which the good King Koko and his courtiers performed to honor the departing Doctor. For days and days previous to his sailing,国语🚽 canoes came and went between the town and the houseboat bearing presents to show the good will of the Fantippans. During all this,西瓜📕 having to keep smiling the whole time,西瓜🈷 the Doctor got sadder and sadder at leaving his good friends. And he was heartily glad when the hour came to pull up the anchor and put to sea."That will be splendid,西游✊" said the Doctor. "I think your friend should be very helpful to us."
At first the squirrel seemed almost too frightened to speak. So the Doctor took a pair of scissors and cut the bonds that held him.