While he was talking to the Chief (who seemed to be a kindly old man) Speedy swept into the Chief's hut in a great state of excitement.
And now the Doctor set out with his animals and the old Chief to return to Nyam-Nyam's country from the land where he had been imprisoned. On the way they kept meeting with groups of the Chief's people who were still hiding in the jungle. These were told the glad tidings of the Emir's promise. When they learned that their land was now free and safe again the people joined the Doctor's party for the return journey. And long before he came in sight of the village John Dolittle looked like a conquering general coming back at the head of an army,包青天☔ so many had gathered to him on the way.
In a minute Dab-Dab went through the pockets of the man who lay so still upon the floor.
"It was certainly a wonderful collection of objects"
But after many hours of terrific labor,神探🎫 trying to get letters sorted and the place in order,在线观看🍀 John Dolittle saw that such a tremendous job as setting the Fantippo post office to rights would not be a matter of a day or two. It would take weeks at least. So he told this to the King. Then the Doctor's ship was brought into the harbor and put safely at anchor and the animals were all taken ashore. And a nice,神探🌓 new house on the main street was given over to the Doctor for himself and his pets to live in while the work of straightening out the Fantippo mails was going on.
In a very short time the ship presented a curious and extraordinary sight,在线观看🌊 with the mud nests stuck all over her and birds flying in thousands round her masts,神探🐪 coming and going,在线观看🍛 building homes and feeding young ones."They're such a nice,在线观看🎮 wholesome,神探💂 Christian change,包青天👢" he said,包青天✔ "after these 'ere 'eathen hidolaters. And you should just hear Fred sing 'See That My Grave's Kept Green.'"
"'Good!' said the pig. 'I've come to the right place. Let us go on with the dinner.'
"Well,在线观看🌙 never mind,包青天🐖 we'll forget it,包青天✏" said the Doctor. "It's only a boyish escapade."
"Oh,包青天📆 not in the least,在线观看🌸" said the Doctor. "You birds have been most helpful to me. Tell Speedy I'll come to see him as soon as I've got my trousers on and we'll talk it over. Something can be arranged,神探🍖 I have no doubt."
"Well,包青天📹" said the Doctor,包青天🔍 "if you haven't got an island we must make one for you."
For a moment or two the pushmi-pullyu pawed the deck of the veranda with his dainty hoofs,在线观看🐗 as if wrapped in deep thought. Then,神探💘 looking up with one of his heads,包青天🌖 he began speaking in a quiet voice,在线观看📱 while the other coughed apologetically below the level of the tea-table.
And he went out into the kitchen and woke up the housekeeper.
"He led me to a lonely old farm out on the hills. And there,神探🍎 concealing myself in some bushes,包青天🏮 I watched the great Morland painting one of his famous farm scenes.
"All right,在线观看🍁 Gub-Gub,包青天🚊" said the Doctor,在线观看◾ "I'll see what I can do. We will send a letter to England by the next mail going out and ask the thrushes to bring you your Brussels sprouts."
There was no end to the complimentary ceremonies which the good King Koko and his courtiers performed to honor the departing Doctor. For days and days previous to his sailing,包青天😤 canoes came and went between the town and the houseboat bearing presents to show the good will of the Fantippans. During all this,包青天🐓 having to keep smiling the whole time,包青天🚆 the Doctor got sadder and sadder at leaving his good friends. And he was heartily glad when the hour came to pull up the anchor and put to sea.
By the following morning everything was in readiness to put to sea. The anchor was drawn up and with all sail set the Doctor's ship moved northward before a favorable wind. And it is from this point that my story begins.
"The British post office is now boasting,在线观看🐳" said the Doctor,神探🚖 "that it can get a letter from London to Canada in fourteen days."
"But how do you tell oysters of that kind from the others?" asked the Doctor.Another thing in which the Doctor's post office was peculiar was its pens. Most post offices,在线观看♋ the Doctor had found,神探🏣 always had abominably bad pens that spluttered and scratched and wouldn't write. In fact very many post offices even nowadays seem to pride themselves on their bad pens. But the Doctor saw to it that his pens were of the very best quality. Of course,在线观看🍎 in those times there were no steel pens. Only quills were used. And John Dolittle got the albatrosses and the seagulls to keep for him their tail feathers which fell out in the moulting season. And of course,神探🚃 with such a lot of quills to choose from,在线观看🆎 it was easy to have the best pens in the post office.
"All this time I was following them secretly and noiselessly overhead. At last the children sat down and the little girl said:
"Listen,包青天🆎 Doctor,神探📱" 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."
That letter,包青天😋 the last circular order issued by the great Postmaster General to the staff of the Swallow Mail,神探🐂 was treasured by Cheapside for many years. He hid it under his untidy nest in St. Edmund's left ear on the south side of the chancel of St. Paul's Cathedral. He always hoped that the pigeons who lived in the front porch of the British Museum would some day get it into the Museum for him. But one gusty morning,在线观看👤 when men were cleaning the outside of the cathedral,包青天🗼 it got blown out of St. Edmund's ear and,包青天🍂 before Cheapside could overtake it,神探🌚 it sailed over the housetops into the river and sank.
"Come along,包青天🚓" said Dab-Dab,在线观看🈲 picking the wretched culprit up in her big webbed feet. "I'll take you back to the mainland. And you can thank your lucky stars that it's the Doctor who is in charge of this post office. It's to jail you really ought to go.""The royal peacock complained that Cheapside had made faces at him"
The Doctor did not expect an answer to it right away because the Cats'-Meat-Man's wife was a very slow reader and a still slower writer. And anyhow,包青天🍳 Cheapside could not be expected to visit Puddleby for another week yet. He always stayed in London until after the Easter Bank Holiday. His wife refused to let him leave for the country till the spring family had been taught by their father how to find the houses where people threw out crumbs; how to pick up oats from under the cab horses' nose bags without being stamped on by the horses' hoofs; how to get about in the trafficky streets of London and a whole lot of other things that young city birds have to know.