But while the Doctor was still thanking the Chief for the beautiful present,节目单🐇 Quip-the-Carrier flew up with a letter for him.
The helmsman,德云📞 battling with the birds,德云🆑 set up a yell for help,演出🐧 saying he couldn't see to steer the boat. Then the officers and sailors rushed up to his assistance and tried to beat the birds off.
"All right,节目单🐉" said the Doctor,德云🚵 "I'll attend to that,德云🎺 too."
"Splendid,德云🔋" cried the Doctor. "It's a kind of short-hand. You say a whole sentence in four signs."
"I think I'd like to try a hand at diving myself,德云🐮" said the Doctor,德云📩 "if the water is not too deep. I used to be quite good at fishing up sixpences from the bottom of the swimming pool when I was a boy."
"John Dolittle saw him snooping around the post office"
"What are you going to say to Wilkins,德云☑ Doctor?" asked Dab-Dab as the canoe glided along over the moonlit sea. "It's a pity you haven't got a pistol or something like that. He looks a desperate character and he isn't likely to give up the pearls without a fight."
"There doesn't seem to be anything very hopeful there,演出💷" said the Doctor."But when the sailors saw a great flock of land birds passing over the ship going southwest instead of west,演出🐟 they took new heart,节目单📷 for they were sure land must lie not far to the southwestward.
After about an hour had passed he heard a gentle sort of whispered quacking high overhead and he knew that his faithful housekeeper was returning. Presently,演出📣 with a swish of feathers,天津💸 Dab-Dab settled down at his feet. And on her face was an expression which meant great news.
"But just as they were about to begin on the fish (the soup was already gone,德云😢 you see),节目单🚢 there was a great noise outside the dining hall and in rushed another lot of little men,德云😛 a bright red in color. These were The Toadstool Sprites,德云🎺 ancient enemies of the Cook Goblins. A tremendous fight began,德云📃 one side using toothpicks for spears and the other using nut crackers for clubs. The pig took the side of his friends the Cook Goblins,天津🏥 and,演出📊 being as big as any two of the enemy put together,德云♏ he soon had the Toadstool Sprites running for their lives.
"Yes,德云🐦" said the housekeeper,天津🍹 "but don't forget that you have another home,天津🏬 a real one,德云🚜 in Puddleby."