Toward the end of the pile the Doctor came across a very peculiar thick envelope,捕鱼🗿 all over mud. For a long time none of them could make out a single word of the letter inside,达人🐪 nor even who it was from. The Doctor got all his notebooks out of the safe,海底📼 compared and peered and pored over the writing for hours. Mud had been used for ink. The signs were made so clumsily they might almost be anything.
"I have no idea,捕鱼🌗" said Dab-Dab. "But Speedy will know."
PEARLS AND BRUSSELS SPROUTS
"Gub-Gub ate them,捕鱼🏬" said Too-Too. "Those are the sprouts,海底🗻 no doubt,之星🍷 that the thrushes brought here."
"No,捕鱼🚞" said the Doctor. "It's only about noon,之星🈲 I should say. But we're locked up. That stupid old Emir of Ellebubu made war on Nyam-Nyam and threw me into jail. Bother it,达人🐕 I always seem to be getting into prison! The worst of it was,捕鱼🍁 he wouldn't let Jip or Dab-Dab come with me. I'm particularly annoyed that I haven't got Dab-Dab. I wish I knew some way I could get a message to her."
"I want a postal order for ten shillings,捕鱼🍬" said the man. "I am going to send some money to my sick wife."
There was no end to the complimentary ceremonies which the good King Koko and his courtiers performed to honor the departing Doctor. For days and days previous to his sailing,海底🚚 canoes came and went between the town and the houseboat bearing presents to show the good will of the Fantippans. During all this,海底😻 having to keep smiling the whole time,捕鱼⛅ the Doctor got sadder and sadder at leaving his good friends. And he was heartily glad when the hour came to pull up the anchor and put to sea.
Cheapside's help was,达人🎾 indeed,海底📗 most valuable to the Doctor. The King himself said that the mails were wonderfully managed. The letters were brought regularly and never left at the wrong house."'You know,达人❌' said I,捕鱼🐐 'I have only just escaped from captivity. I was kept as a pet by a boy. So far being white has only been a great inconvenience to me. The cats could see me so well life wasn't worth living.'
"Great heavens!" cried the Doctor,达人🏤 springing up. "The pearls gone? And they were registered,达人🍕 too!"
But soon with a flirt of the wings the famous leader made a neat circle in the darkness overhead and dropped,之星🔪 light as a feather,捕鱼🏠 on to the Doctor's knee.
"The double letter boxes of Fantippo"
"'It is,捕鱼🍎' says he,达人📘 '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!'
"Who sent you those?" asked Jip.
With trembling fingers the Doctor lit the candle. Then,达人🍭 shielding the flame with his hand,海底🐎 he bounded out of the room and up the stairs."I don't know what I'll say to him. I'll see when I get there,达人🏣" said John Dolittle. "But we must be very careful how we approach,之星🛄 so that he doesn't see us coming. If he should pull up his anchor and sail away we would never be able to overtake him by canoe."
"'What doctor?'" I asked.
"Yes,捕鱼📨" the snake agreed. "They're going to Junganyika. It is the feeding ground of great flocks of wild geese."
Getting them lighted in the wind that swept across the lake was no easy matter. But to protect their flame Too-Too wove a couple of little lanterns out of thin leaves,达人📔 through which the light shone dimly green but bright enough to see your way by.
"No,之星😆 now wait a minute,海底❤" cried the Doctor. "Don't all be jumping on him this way. We were all young once. Let him tell his story. He may win the prize. Who knows? Come along,捕鱼🌍 Gub-Gub. Tell us your story. What's the name of it?"