As soon as the Doctor had lit his pipe and got it well going he began:
"'What's the matter,守护者💬 Jip?' said he. 'House on fire or something?'
"Good,瑞亚➿" said the King. "My Majesty is listening. Proceed. Let me offer you a lollipop."
Then John Dolittle told the Captain the whole story of Zuzana and her troubles. And all the other officers on the ship gathered around to listen.
Now,守护者🎠 this Fantippo post office of which Zuzana had spoken to the Doctor was rather peculiar. For one thing,泰拉😗 it was,泰拉♑ of course,地牢🌔 quite unusual to find a post office or regular mails of any kind in a savage African kingdom. And the way such a thing had come about was this:
"Go away,属性📓" said she,守护者😅 "and leave me to my sorrow. Haven't you white men done me enough harm?"
"In introducing one well-bred pig to another should you say 'Miss Virginia Ham,属性♐ "meet" Mr. Frank Footer,瑞亚🌆' or 'Get acquainted?'
THE SWIFTEST MAIL IN THE WORLD"So in the dead of night I crept out of the jungle and came to the place where the hunters' huts were. I had to come up from the leeward side,瑞亚😒 because I didn't want to have the dogs get my scent on the wind. I was more afraid of the hunters' dogs,属性🐋 you see,泰拉💳 than I was of the hunters themselves. From the men I could escape quite easily,泰拉📼 being much swifter than they were; but dogs,属性🐚 with their sense of smell,属性🔑 are much harder to get away from,地牢🚃 even when you can reach the cover of the jungle.
"Oh,瑞亚💒 indeed,守护者🆎" said the bird. "And why don't the ladies in the country wear them,属性🎪 too?"
And then the Fantippans,地牢🍖 who so far had been very timid about going far out to sea on account of storms,瑞亚📰 now that they had a good weather bureau and knew what weather to expect,瑞亚🐩 began building larger sailboats,守护者🛃 instead of their little frail canoes. And they became what is called a mercantile nation,泰拉🌸 traded up and down the shores of West Africa,地牢💿 and even went as far south as the Cape of Good Hope and entered the Indian Ocean to traffic in goods with people of foreign lands.
Now,地牢🚾 it happened one day that the Doctor came to the post office,守护者🍜 as usual,属性🏬 at nine o'clock in the morning. (He had to get there at that time,泰拉💾 because if he didn't the postmen didn't start working.) And outside the post office he found Jip,属性💻 gnawing a bone on the pavement. Something curious about the bone struck the Doctor,属性🉑 who was,守护者🚑 of course,守护者🌃 being a naturalist,泰拉👩 quite a specialist in bones. He asked Jip to let him look at it.
"Dear me,瑞亚🅾" said he while he was sitting miserably on the floor in the darkness,属性⛎ wondering what on earth he was going to do without any of his animals to help him,地牢📐 "what a poor holiday I am spending,属性✴ to be sure!"Then,地牢⛵ with Jip's and Dab-Dab's help,泰拉👼 he constructed a very comfortable basket-work hammock out of willow wands and fastened it between two larger mangroves. Into this he climbed and drew the blanket over him. Although the trees leaned down toward the water with his weight,地牢❓ they were quite strong and their bendiness acted like good bed springs.
The first hard work of getting the post office in full swing was now over. And that night John Dolittle felt when he heard the doors being shut that at last he could afford to keep more regular hours and not be working all the time. And when Jip came inside the Registered Mail booth he found the Doctor leaning back in a chair with his feet on the desk,泰拉📲 gazing around him with great satisfaction.
"I put the parcel down"
"Tell her,守护者👨" said the Doctor,地牢💐 "to fly over to the Harmattan Rocks right away and give the cormorants strict orders to stop all pearl fishing at once."
After twenty minutes had gone by John Dolittle began to get worried,瑞亚💖 because the Skimmer,泰拉👺 with his tremendous speed,瑞亚🌸 should have had time to get there and back long ago.
"I could tell you where Jimmie Bones is,属性🌿 if I wanted to."
"'How ever did you find your way,瑞亚👏 Willie?' asked the mother,守护者➿ wiping away her tears and smiling all over.The Doctor threw a tomato skin out of the canoe and the gull caught it neatly in the air before it touched the water.
"'There's no food here,瑞亚🏪' he said,属性🔠 'only dyes of different colors.' And he pointed to the big dye vats,属性🚖 all in a row,泰拉🍭 that towered in the half darkness above our heads.
"And when I went home that night I felt I had done a good day's work. For my friend's master,守护者🍍 the one-legged beggar,地牢👿 was now rich enough to live in comfort for the rest of his life.""Doctor,泰拉⁉" panted the gull,泰拉📲 "the Cape Stephen Light is out. I don't know what's the matter. It has never gone out before. We use it as a land-mark,属性📴 you know,瑞亚🍉 when we are flying after dark. The night's as black as ink. I'm afraid some ship will surely run into the cape. I thought I'd come and tell you."
"I don't think we ought to go back there,泰拉🚍" said Begwe. "I don't mind being a soldier in the Fantippo army,属性👇 but suppose some other slaver comes along. Maybe the king would sell me again. Did you send that letter to our cousin?"
The next thing I must tell you about is the Prize Story Competition: The fame of the Puddleby fireside-circle,地牢🦢 where the Doctor had amused his pets with so many interesting tales,守护者🔸 had become quite a famous institution. Too-Too had gossiped about it; Gub-Gub,瑞亚☀ Jip and the white mouse had boasted of it. (You see,守护者💁 they were always proud that they could say they were part of the great man's regular household.) And before long,地牢📘 through this new post office of their own,瑞亚🏤 creatures all over the world were speaking of it and discussing it by letter. Next thing,泰拉🐸 the Doctor began to receive requests for stories by mail. He had become equally famous as an animal doctor,泰拉📼 an animal educator and an animal author.
"But how do you tell oysters of that kind from the others?" asked the Doctor."Maybe it's a cow's bone,地牢🔥" said he.