So the Skimmer sped off into the darkness toward the tiny light far out to sea,呼唤🔳 while the Doctor fell to wondering how his own ship was getting on which he had left at anchor some miles down the coast to the southward.
"I think the white mouse ought to tell us one,呼唤✒" said Jip.
And in this war the King of Fantippo had taken many prisoners,呼唤💅 among whom was the woman's husband. Shortly after the war was over some white men in a ship had called at the Kingdom of Fantippo to see if they could buy slaves for tobacco plantations. And when the king heard how much money they were willing to give for black slaves he thought he would sell them the prisoners he had taken in the war.
"Doctor,呼唤🌙" panted the gull,呼唤🌼 "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,呼唤🌕 you know,呼唤🍮 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."
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,呼唤🅰 so many had gathered to him on the way.
Then the Skimmer,呼唤🍚 with one of his claws,呼唤⏰ began tracing out some letters on the Doctor's palm. Before he had got very far John Dolittle sprang up,呼唤🎱 nearly overturning the canoe.
"All right,呼唤‼" said the Doctor. "Please tell Gub-Gub for me to go across to the island and get the wild boars to gather up a couple of sacks of acorns. I want all the birds who work for us to have a good feed before they leave the Main Office for their flights."
The Doctor told his pet he could be very proud of himself. For he was surely the only mouse in the world that ever won a war.
"'Look! Look what you've done to me now!' I cried. 'It isn't even a navy blue. You've made me just hideous!'
"The gulls dashed themselves into the wheelman's face"
"'It was for your sake I got myself into this beastly mess,呼唤👆' I said,呼唤⛳ as she stalked by me with her nose in the air. 'You're an ungrateful woman,呼唤😒 that's what you are.'"'No,呼唤🎡' I said. 'But I can make a noise like a cat. I learned that from an American catbird that lived in a cage in the stable where I spent last summer.'
Standing on the top of the hill with Jip and the piffilosaurus at his side,呼唤😑 the Doctor gazed down over the wide bowl full of contented animal life and heaved a sigh.
About this time,呼唤🐬 too,呼唤📁 in the civilized parts of the world one of the things that arose out of all this penny-postage business was the craze or hobby for collecting stamps. In England and America and other countries people began buying stamp albums and pasting stamps in them. A rare stamp became quite valuable.
After hanging around a while they paddled back and told the Emir that they could find no more pearl oysters on the rocks. He sent them out to look again; but they returned with the same report.
A MYSTERIOUS LETTER"'It is,呼唤🌓' says he,呼唤✉ 'only it's not dark enough. What were you making all that racket over there for just now? Waking a fellow out of his sleep before it's got properly dark!'
"I would like,呼唤😳" said the Doctor,呼唤🍌 "to be able to prophesy weather for every part of the world. I really don't see why I shouldn't; this office,呼唤🐔 together with my branch offices,呼唤👉 is in communication with birds going to every corner of the earth. I could improve the farming and the agriculture of the whole human race. But also,呼唤♏ and especially,呼唤📧 I want to have a bureau for ocean weather,呼唤👵 to help the ships."
"Pearls!" whispered Dab-Dab in an awed voice,呼唤🚁 gazing down into the Doctor's palm. "Pink pearls!"
When he woke up the Doctor found himself lying at the bottom of his own canoe,呼唤♓ with Dab-Dab tugging at the ropes which bound his wrists to get him free.CAPE STEPHEN LIGHT
"I wonder who he is,呼唤🍑" said John Dolittle. "It isn't often we have white men coming in here. I don't much like the looks of him."
And in the Doctor's pocket the white mouse had to put his paws over his face to keep from laughing.
Still another thing in which the Doctor's post office was different from all others was the gum used on the stamps. The supply of gum which the King had been using for his stamps ran short and the Doctor had to set about discovering and making a new kind. And after a good deal of experiment he invented a gum made of licorice,呼唤🎂 which dried quickly and worked very well. But,呼唤🐓 as I have said,呼唤📹 the Fantippans were very fond of sweetmeats. And soon after the new gum was put into use the post office was crowded with people buying stamps by the hundred.