"Listen,老婆💣 Doctor,菲戈🏧" said Jip. "You were wondering just now what to write the Cats'-Meat-Man about. Let Speedy write the letter to Cheapside in bird scribble and you inclose it in a letter to the Cats'-Meat-Man. Then when the sparrow comes to Puddleby for his summer visit the Cats'-Meat-Man can give it to him."
"Ah,老婆😽 hah!" said the King. "A new kind of magic. I understand. Very good. The High Kingdom of Fantippo shall have a post office of its own. And my serene and beautiful face shall be on all the stamps and my letters shall travel by faster magic than any of them."
"Where?" cried Jip.
"What is the fastest foreign mail delivery ever made by any post office anywhere in the world?"
"I don't,菲戈💝" said she. "I don't even know how these came to be in the possession of the oyster I ate."
And now it came,菲戈📎 at last,老婆👮 to the pushmi-pullyu's turn for a story. He was very shy and modest and when the animals asked him the following night he said in his very well-bred manner:
"All right,菲戈🐾" said the Doctor,菲戈📤 hurrying into his coat. "Wait just a moment till I wake Dab-Dab.""Yes,老婆🚋" said the Doctor. "I imagine there are lots of different kinds of birds and beasts in these parts that can be found nowhere else in the world."
"'Ugh!' says the little girl,老婆📧 clutching her brother around the neck. 'What was that,菲戈👕 a spook?'
Then the king was very angry and,菲戈🍈 calling for the white trader,老婆👖 he said:
And somewhere about noon word came through that Bones's slave ship had been sighted behind a long,菲戈🎦 high cape. Great care must be taken,老婆🌻 the message said,老婆😮 because the slave ship was in all readiness to sail at a moment's notice. The slavers had only stopped to get water and look-outs were posted to warn them to return at once,菲戈🍫 if necessary.
"But how do you know where the storms are?" asked the Doctor.
"This beautiful land could also have been called the 'Animals' Paradise,老婆🚔'" he murmured. "Long may they enjoy it to themselves! May this,菲戈🚞 indeed,菲戈🍕 be No-Man's-Land forever!"
"'We'll keep the black and white one,菲戈📆 Liza'"
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,菲戈🐼 to his delight,菲戈📐 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.
"But that takes a long time,菲戈⌚ doesn't it?" asked the Doctor.
After he had told this story the old man turned away and busied himself with his canoe,老婆💈 as though he were afraid that the Doctor might again ask him to paddle him to the island.However,菲戈🔱 the crafty Bones,菲戈🚤 with so big a start,老婆💴 was not easy to overtake. And soon the sun began to set and the Captain frowned and stamped his feet. For with darkness he knew his enemy would be safe.
"Well,老婆🎸 if it's a slave ship,老婆🈴 it's not the one we're looking for,菲戈🔅" said the Doctor,老婆👮 "because it's in the wrong direction. The one we're after went northward."
"All right,菲戈📀" said the King. "Here's a letter to a friend of mine who runs a shoe-shine parlor in Alabama. Let me see how quickly you can get me an answer to it."
"Lor' bless us!" muttered Cheapside. "What a wonderful piano-mover 'e would make to be sure! Great Carter Patterson! Does 'e think the Doctor's goin' to 'ang that on 'is watch-chain?"The Emir stared at the prisoner open-mouthed,老婆◻ speechless with astonishment. Now,菲戈📨 the day before this he had heard for the first time the story of the rout of the Amazons. The Emir had refused to believe it. But now he began to feel that anything might be true about this man.
"Yes,菲戈👤 that's so,菲戈😰" said John Dolittle.