From that the Doctor went on to explain to the King,延寿县👤 that much as he loved Fantippo and its people,庆阳🏈 he had many things to attend to in England and must now be thinking of going home. And of course as none of the natives could talk bird-language,延寿县👿 the Swallow Mail would have to be replaced by the ordinary kind of post office.
"A speaking tube!" the white mouse interrupted. "How was it used? I don't understand."
"But what kind of work is invalids' work?" asked the white mouse.
And then the Fantippans,黑龙江🐕 who so far had been very timid about going far out to sea on account of storms,黑龙江🚤 now that they had a good weather bureau and knew what weather to expect,庆阳😵 began building larger sailboats,黑龙江🍱 instead of their little frail canoes. And they became what is called a mercantile nation,庆阳👲 traded up and down the shores of West Africa,黑龙江🌲 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.
As Quip-the-Carrier disappeared into the distance with the Doctor's priceless pearl Dab-Dab turned to Jip and murmured:
"Aye,延寿县🍓 aye,庆阳📍 sir,延寿县🚕" said the master-at-arms. And before the Doctor knew it he had handcuffs fastened firmly on his wrists.
"Who sent you those?" asked Jip.
"Very well,农场🐾" said the Emir,延寿县🎣 stamping his foot,农场🐖 "then let him starve. In ten days more the fool will be dead. Then I will come and laugh over him. So perish all wretches who oppose the wishes of the Emir of Ellebubu!"
CHAPTER IV"He's coming to,黑龙江🚝" said Dab-Dab. "See,黑龙江🏭 his eyes are beginning to blink."
So the gull,农场🚡 after thanking the Doctor and Dab-Dab for a very excellent luncheon,延寿县🦆 took a couple of postcards which were going to Angola and flew off to get One Eye,黑龙江🌖 the albatross.
King Koko got to hear of this and he called up one of these stamp collectors and asked him why men should offer high prices for one old used stamp. And the white man explained to him this new craze for stamp collecting that was sweeping over the civilized world.
The birds,延寿县💅 who at first followed the Doctor in droves around the main island wherever he went,农场👰 presently returned to their ordinary doings when the newness of his arrival had worn off. And after Dab-Dab had come back from her hunt and told him the spoonbill lived on one of the smaller islands,延寿县🚘 he got back into his canoe and paddled over to the rock she pointed out.
So they went down to the water's edge and asked several of the canoesmen to take them over to No-Man's-Land. But every one they asked got dreadfully frightened and refused to talk when the Doctor told them where he wanted to go. They wouldn't even let him borrow their canoes to go there by himself.
And the seagull spread his wings and flew away toward the land,延寿县🌙 calling the same cry as the Doctor had heard through the post office window.
And in spite of the lateness of the hour,延寿县🍂 John Dolittle said a hasty farewell to Chief Nyam-Nyam and started off by moonlight for Fantippo Harbor."'It was for your sake I got myself into this beastly mess,延寿县🐉' I said,农场📟 as she stalked by me with her nose in the air. 'You're an ungrateful woman,延寿县📃 that's what you are.'
Dab-Dab prepared lunch and supper and served them as silently as she could,延寿县🦢 so as not to interrupt; but for the Doctor they were very scrappy meals. On into the night the story went. And now John Dolittle wrote by candle-light,庆阳🎥 while all his pets,庆阳🚻 with the exception of Too-Too,庆阳🚗 were already nodding or dozing.
As soon as the Doctor and Jip had climbed down off his back he swung his head around on the end of that enormous neck and said to the Doctor:
But the Doctor didn't answer. And Jip could see from his face that his strength and breath were nearly gone.
The Doctor saw a great deal of new country,庆阳📓 trees he had never met before,延寿县💣 gay-colored orchids,农场⛵ butterflies,黑龙江🔈 ferns,农场🏮 birds and rare monkeys. So his notebook was kept busy all the time with sketching and jotting and adding to his already great knowledge of natural history.
"They're not your pearl fisheries,庆阳🚁 you black-faced ruffian,延寿县🍊" 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.""Take him below!" roared the Captain. "Take him below before I kill him."