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"What monkey business have you done to my pearl fisheries,杨再兴🚋 you white-faced villain?"
"That will be splendid,杨再兴🍛" said the Doctor. "I think your friend should be very helpful to us."Now,杨再兴👄 when the Emir of Ellebubu had thrown the Doctor into prison he had refused to allow Dab-Dab,杨再兴😈 Jip or Gub-Gub to go with him. Jip put up a fight and bit the Emir in the leg. But all he got for that was to be tied up on a short chain.
Then there was much rejoicing and hand-shaking and congratulation on board the warship. And a grand dinner was prepared for the slaves on the main deck. But John Dolittle,杨再兴🚜 Zuzana and her husband were invited to the officers' mess,杨再兴🌾 where their health was drunk in port wine and speeches were made by the Captain and the Doctor.
About eleven o'clock a group of little rocky islands were sighted,杨再兴🍒 which their guide said were the Harmattan Rocks. At this point in their journey the mainland of Africa was just disappearing from view on the sky-line behind them. The rocks they were coming to seemed to be the home of thousands of different kinds of sea birds. As the canoe drew near,杨再兴🏠 gulls,杨再兴🍑 terns,杨再兴🐶 gannets,杨再兴🚦 albatrosses,杨再兴👙 cormorants,杨再兴🔪 auklets,杨再兴⚫ petrels,杨再兴👐 wild ducks,杨再兴🦉 even wild geese,杨再兴👉 came out,杨再兴♎ full of curiosity to examine the stranger. When they learned from the curlew that this quiet little fat man was none other than the great Doctor Dolittle himself they passed word back to the rocks; and soon the air about the canoe was simply thick with wings flashing in the sunlight. And the welcome to their home that the sea birds screeched to the Doctor was so hearty and noisy you couldn't hear yourself speak.
The educational side of the Doctor's post office was a very important one and it grew all the time. As he had said to the Skimmer at the beginning,杨再兴🚋 as soon as the birds and animals realized the helpfulness of having a post office of their own they used it more and more.
"But I don't understand,杨再兴💦" said John Dolittle. "I thought Wilkins had made off with them."
Of course such an entirely new thing as this required a great deal of learning and working out before it could be made to run smoothly. Something new,杨再兴🐹 some fresh problem,杨再兴📃 cropped up every day. But although the Doctor,杨再兴🐟 at all times a busy man,杨再兴🏰 was positively worked to death,杨再兴🌝 he found it all so interesting that he didn't mind. But the motherly Dab-Dab was dreadfully worried about him; for indeed at the beginning he seemed never to sleep at all.
Then Dab-Dab went and borrowed the playthings from the spoonbill's children to show him.
Dawn was beginning to show before they came in sight of the ship they sought. This made approaching the schooner without being seen extremely difficult. And the Doctor went all the way around the Island of No-Man's-Land,杨再兴🎁 so as to come upon the ship from the other side,杨再兴🚟 where he would not have to cross so large an open stretch of sea.