"From the bottom of the lake,血脉😡" said the turtle. "Out there,血脉🏰" Mudface nodded toward the gloomy wide-stretching waters,进化🚝 "there stood,巨龙🚍 thousands of years ago,血脉✅ the beautiful city of Shalba. Don't I know,血脉◾ when for long enough I lived in it? Once it was the greatest and fairest city ever raised by men and King Mashtu of Shalba the proudest monarch in the world. Now I,血脉🚭 Mudface the turtle,进化🏄 make a nest in the swamp out of the ruins of his palace. Ha! Ha!"
"All right,进化🐒" said Dab-Dab. "But it may take me a little time. There are several islands and quite a number of spoonbills. I shall have to make inquiries and find out which one sent you the pearls."
"Make one!" cried the turtle. "How would you go about it?"
But it was of little use to try to get more sleep now. The camp was astir. John Dolittle,血脉📖 bent on the one idea of hearing that story,进化🔆 had already swung himself out of his hammock and was now washing his face noisily in the lake. Cheapside shook his feathers,进化🍓 swore a few words in Cockney and flew off his tree down to the Doctor's side.
Jip managed to bring up a few small oysters,巨龙🐄 but there were no pearls in them.On the coast of West Africa,血脉🏉 about twenty miles to the northward of Fantippo,进化😒 there was a cape running out into the sea which had a lighthouse on it called the Cape Stephen Light. This light was kept carefully burning by the government who controlled that part of Africa,巨龙💃 in order that ships should see it from the sea and know where they were. It was a dangerous part of the coast,巨龙📴 this. There were many rocks and shallows near the end of Cape Stephen. And if the light were ever allowed to go out at night,巨龙📟 of course,巨龙🚤 ships traveling that part of the sea would be in great danger of running into the long cape and wrecking themselves.
The excellent postal service continued after he left. The stamps with Koko's face on them were as various and as beautiful as ever. On the occasion of the first annual review of the Fantippo Merchant Fleet a very fine two-shilling stamp was struck in commemoration,巨龙🍱 showing His Majesty inspecting his new ships through a lollipop quizzing-glass. The King himself became a stamp-collector and his album was as good as a family photo-album,巨龙💎 containing as it did so many pictures of himself. The only awkward incident that happened in the record of the post office which the Doctor had done so much to improve was when some ardent stamp-collectors,巨龙👐 wishing to make the modern stamps rare,巨龙💺 plotted to have the King assassinated in order that the current issues should go out of date. But the plot was happily discovered before any harm was done.
"I had many adventures with cats. It was winter time and the snow lay thick upon the ground. I started off to explore the world,血脉🚅 rejoicing in my liberty. Going around to the back of the house,进化🛅 I passed from the miller's yard into the dyer's yard,血脉🎊 next door. In the yard was a dyeing shed and I noticed two owls sitting on the top of it in the moonlight.
"It's all right,巨龙💪" said the Doctor. "The light has been lit. And it's nearly day now. Here,巨龙🌾 drink this. Then you'll feel better."
"'Bones for hire! Beef bones,血脉💍 ham bones,血脉🐥 mutton bones,血脉📄 chicken bones! All juicy! Step up,血脉📂 gentlemen,巨龙🐪 and take your choice! BONES for hire!'
"'What's the matter,巨龙🍌 Jip?' said he. 'House on fire or something?'John Dolittle steered the boat up closer still and continued to talk to the woman in a kindly way. But she seemed for a long time to mistrust him because he was a white man. Little by little,进化🍍 however,进化🚡 the Doctor won her confidence and at last,进化📶 still weeping bitterly,进化🌹 she told him her story.
"Good heavens!" cried the Doctor. "What can have happened? There's a lighthouse keeper living there to attend to it. Was it lighted earlier in the evening?""I think the white mouse ought to tell us one,进化🚥" said Jip.
"No,血脉🚅 Speedy,巨龙🈵" said the Doctor. "See,血脉📃 you have an ounce weight on the pan as well as yourself. That makes you only three and a half ounces."
Soon hisses and groans broke out among the crowd and,进化🚧 picking up pebbles and mud,进化🚶 they began pelting Obombo so he could not go on with his speech. Finally he had to run for the jungle himself to escape the fury of the people.
"They're not your pearl fisheries,巨龙📧 you black-faced ruffian,进化📕" said the Doctor. "You stole them from poor old Nyam-Nyam. The pearls were fished for by diving birds. But the birds are honest and will work only for honest people. Why don't you have windows in your prisons? You ought to be ashamed of yourself."
At last,进化🔎 with a roar of rage,巨龙💰 the Doctor grabbed up a rock from the ground as big as a chair and banged it with all his might against the lock of the lighthouse door. With a crash the door flew open and the Doctor sprang within.