"Well, after you had set off in the canoe," said the Skimmer, "I and the thrush stopped on our way back here at the tree where he had lost the package. It was 💜too dark then to hunt for it, so we roosted in the tree all night, intending to look in the morning. Just as dawn was breaking we saw this wretched squirrel here flirting about in the branches with an enormous pink pearl in his mouth. I at once pounced on him and held him down, while the thrush took the pearl away from him. Then we made him tell us where he had hidden the other two. And after we had got all three of them we put the squirrel under arrest and brought him here."
"And I have no doubt," the Doctor ended, "that this slaver who took away the woman's husband was no other than Jimmie🤡 Bones, the man you are after."
THE LAND OF THE MANGROVE SWAMPS
"Lor' bless us, Doctor, but you do get yourself into some comical situations! Who would think to see John Dolittle, M.D., heminent physician of Puddleby-on-the-Marsh, bein' pulled through a mud swamp in darkest Africa by a couple of 'undred yards of fat worm! You've no idea how funny you ꦜlook!"
"'Fine!' says the old rat. 'Now run around the shed a few times, so you won't take a chill. And then go to bed and cover up. In the morning whe♛n it's light you'll find yourself very different.'
Then the Emir flew into a terrible passion.
Af♉ter twenty minutes had gone by John Dolittle began to get worried, because the Skimmer, with his tremendous speed, should have had time to get there and back long ago.
Then came a cry from th꧂e look-out, shouted orders from the captain, much blowing of whistles and ringing of bells. And just in time to save herself from a watery grave, the big ship swung her nose out to sea and sailed🐟 safely past upon her way.
"Wait a minute," said Gub💫-Gub. "My foot's g🔯one to sleep."
The white mouse also provided crumbs of soap, so that his master෴ could shave��for the Doctor, even in prison, was always very particular about this part of his appearance.
And going to the door, he called in the bird who had carried the registere🌸d package.
"Yes, that's so," said John Dolittle.