Of course such an entirely new thing as this required a great deal of learning and working out before it could be made to run smoothly. Something new,银盘🐫 some fresh problem,银盘🌀 cropped up every day. But although the Doctor,拍卖🚌 at all times a busy man,拍卖🔫 was positively worked to death,拍卖🔒 he found it all so interesting that he didn't mind. But the motherly Dab-Dab was dreadfully worried about him; for indeed at the beginning he seemed never to sleep at all.
In a flash Quip was gone,银盘🎭 seaward.
The Doctor found that His Majesty was much more distressed at the prospect of losing his good white friend and his afternoon tea on the houseboat than at anything else which the change would bring. But he saw that the Doctor really felt he had to go; and at length,银盘🌷 with tears falling into his tea-cup,银盘✊ he gave permission for the Postmaster General of Fantippo to resign.
"It's a wonderful medicine,奥运📁 that,奥运🚲" said he. "You are surely a great Doctor. Have you got any more of it?"
"Over in No-Man's-Land,银盘🍏" said Jip. "There are lots of bones there."The tremendous animal which the Fantippans had called a dragon had now climbed right up the beach and was standing fully revealed in all his strangeness. At first he looked like some curious mixture between a crocodile and a giraffe. He had short,银盘🆓 spreading legs,银盘🌽 but enormously long tail and neck. On his head were two stubby little horns.
"The Doctor was washing his face in the lake"The next day the post-birds complained that the mail was an extra heavy one. And when it was sorted,拍卖🈲 there were ten thick letters for Gub-Gub and none for anybody else. Jip got suspicious about this and looked over Gub-Gub's shoulder while he opened them. In each one there was a banana skin.
The next thing I must tell you about is the Prize Story Competition: The fame of the Puddleby fireside-circle,2008🏬 where the Doctor had amused his pets with so many interesting tales,银盘🚔 had become quite a famous institution. Too-Too had gossiped about it; Gub-Gub,奥运🐊 Jip and the white mouse had boasted of it. (You see,银盘♉ they were always proud that they could say they were part of the great man's regular household.) And before long,银盘📟 through this new post office of their own,银盘💀 creatures all over the world were speaking of it and discussing it by letter. Next thing,银盘🌼 the Doctor began to receive requests for stories by mail. He had become equally famous as an animal doctor,2008🚥 an animal educator and an animal author.
"Well,奥运📂 Jip,2008🏪" said he with a sigh,拍卖💺 "we now have a real working post office."
The next day the post-birds complained that the mail was an extra heavy one. And when it was sorted,奥运🚉 there were ten thick letters for Gub-Gub and none for anybody else. Jip got suspicious about this and looked over Gub-Gub's shoulder while he opened them. In each one there was a banana skin.
"But how do you know all this,2008📐" asked the Doctor,2008✳ "if nobody has ever been there to see if it's true or not?""He began his great inauguration speech"
"'My soldiers are starving,银盘📅' said he. 'Your pet,银盘🚲 Madam,拍卖🎨 must be turned into sausages.'
"Sir Timothy was furious. And,银盘➖ calling for Dr. Phipps,2008👝 he demanded that I apologize. I said I wouldn't. Then Sir Timothy told Phipps that if I didn't he would start an invalids' strike. Phipps got terribly worried and implored me to apologize to this very special patient. I still refused.
"Give me that letter,2008👈 Doctor. We'll show him."But after many hours of terrific labor,拍卖🚈 trying to get letters sorted and the place in order,2008🐯 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,银盘♠ 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.
"'I was looking for food,银盘🍓' I said.
THE DOCTOR'S RECEPTION ON THE WARSHIP
"We call him One Eye,拍卖🚈" said the gull. "He's an old,拍卖🏫 old albatross. Nobody knows how old. He lost an eye fighting with a fish eagle over a flounder. But he's the most marvelous weather prophet that ever lived. All sea birds have the greatest respect for his opinions. He has never been known to make a mistake."
"His only interest in life is food,拍卖🉑 anyway,奥运📇" said Too-Too. "Let someone else tell a story."
The Doctor's pets found it quite thrilling to go through the mail that arrived each day to see if there were any letters for them. At the beginning of course there wasn't much. But one day Quip had returned from Puddleby with an answer to the Doctor's letter to the Cats'-Meat-Man. Mr. Matthew Mugg had written (through his wife) that he had hung the letter for Cheapside on an apple tree in the garden where the sparrow would surely see it when he arrived. The windows of the house were all right,2008📌 he wrote; but the back door could do with a coat of paint.
We are now come to an unusual event in the history of the Doctor's post office,拍卖💾 to the one which was,奥运🌜 perhaps,拍卖📏 the greatest of all the curious things that came about through the institution of the Swallow Mail.