They found an air of quiet but great excitement there. Each gunner was leaning on his gun,knowles⬛ aiming it,solange🌘 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.
They asked the Doctor if he could give them any news of their beloved London. But he had to admit that he also had been away from that city for a long time. However,solange📆 while they were talking Cheapside came into the lighthouse kitchen,knowles🎥 looking for the Doctor. The city sparrow was delighted to find that the keepers were also Cockneys. And he gave them,knowles🙋 through the Doctor,knowles🏮 all the latest gossip of Wapping,solange✏ Limehouse,solange📮 the East India Docks and the wharves and the shipping of London River.
In a very short time the ship presented a curious and extraordinary sight,solange👓 with the mud nests stuck all over her and birds flying in thousands round her masts,solange📱 coming and going,knowles🔬 building homes and feeding young ones.
"Fire!" said Speedy. And the Doctor fired.
The morning sun peeping in at the window of the lighthouse found the Doctor still working over the keeper where he lay at the foot of the tower stairs.
And the poor Doctor was dragged away by the Master-at-arms toward a stair leading to the lower decks. But at the head of the stairs he caught hold of the handrail and hung on long enough to shout back to the Captain:
The next day,solange✉ as soon as it was light,solange🔉 the warship went cruising down the coast again,knowles🍰 putting the black people ashore in their own particular countries.
"Move an inch and you're a dead man!" he snarled.
"Well,solange🌱 you see,solange👍" said the swallow,knowles😃 lifting his right leg and showing a tiny red ribbon made of corn silk tied about his ankle,knowles👍 "I got this for it."