But wherever money is made in large quantities and business is good,多少📋 there strangers will always come,里亚✍ seeking their fortune. And before long the little village that used to be so poor and insignificant was full of traders from the neighboring kingdoms,多少😀 buying and selling in the crowded,里亚🐡 busy markets. And,多少😽 of course,多少🎽 questions were soon asked as to how this country had suddenly got so rich. And,里亚🔆 although the Chief had carried out the Doctor's orders and had only intrusted the secret of the fisheries to a few picked men,多少✏ folks began to notice that canoes frequently came and went between the Harmattan Rocks and the village of Chief Nyam-Nyam.
"Dear me!" muttered the Doctor,里亚🚋 paddling harder than ever,里亚🌖 "I wonder what can have happened?"
For some time after the turtle finished no one spoke. Even the irreverent Cheapside was silent. Little bits of stars,多少😌 dimmed by the light of a half-full moon,里亚🦋 twinkled like tiny eyes in the dim blue dome that arched across the lake. Away off somewhere among the tangled mangroves an owl hooted from the swamp and Too-Too turned his head quickly to listen. Dab-Dab,里亚💏 the economical housekeeper,里亚📊 seeing the Doctor close his notebook and put away his pencil,多少🐨 blew out the candle.
Dawn was beginning to show before they came in sight of the ship they sought. This made approaching the schooner without being seen extremely difficult. And the Doctor went all the way around the Island of No-Man's-Land,里亚🔯 so as to come upon the ship from the other side,里亚🚅 where he would not have to cross so large an open stretch of sea.
The morning sun peeping in at the window of the lighthouse found the Doctor still working over the keeper where he lay at the foot of the tower stairs."How was it that you were the one chosen to bring the message?" asked the Doctor.
Dab-Dab screwed up her eyes and peered at it closely."Well,里亚💙 you see,多少☎" said John Dolittle,多少🚒 "I think we might,多少💎 because we could use the mail service for the birds themselves,里亚🌀 and the animals,里亚📞 too,里亚🚀 to send their letters by,多少💿 as well as the Fantippans."
So the Doctor and Jip and Speedy-the-Skimmer sat down in the shade of the palm trees and for the first time plans for that great service which was to be known as the Swallow Mail were discussed.
"And then,里亚🌑 they've got no letter boxes in the doors,多少🚘" said Cheapside. "There ought to be slots made to poke the letters in. The only place these bloomin' 'eathens have for a postman to put a letter is down the chimney."
"Well,多少📴 you see,多少🍪" said John Dolittle,多少🍇 "I think we might,里亚📎 because we could use the mail service for the birds themselves,里亚👧 and the animals,里亚🍪 too,多少💒 to send their letters by,里亚🐭 as well as the Fantippans."People who have written the history of the Kingdom of Fantippo all devote several chapters to a mysterious white man who in a very short space of time made enormous improvements in the mail,多少💒 the communications,里亚🎯 the shipping,里亚☀ the commerce,多少🔌 the education and the general prosperity of the country. Indeed it was through John Dolittle's quiet influence that King Koko's reign came to be looked upon as the Golden Age in Fantippan history. A wooden statue still stands in the market-place to his memory.
"Yes,里亚📝" the snake agreed. "They're going to Junganyika. It is the feeding ground of great flocks of wild geese."
THE GREAT MAIL ROBBERY
"John Dolittle saw him snooping around the post office"
Overhead the thick jungle arched and hung like a tunnel of green. This was a good thing by day-time,里亚📃 as it kept the sun off better than a parasol. And in the dry stretches of river bed,多少❓ where the Doctor had to carry or drag the canoe on home-made runners,多少🙅 the work was hard and shade something to be grateful for.
"Doctor,里亚☕" panted the gull,多少💈 "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,多少🌒 you know,多少🏪 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."
"Your Majesty,多少👨" said the Doctor,多少📷 "I have now a plan to provide your country with an excellent service of foreign mails if you will agree to what I suggest.""Do no people at all live in these parts?" the Doctor asked the snake.
"'Oh,里亚🚂 I think this is an awful place!'"
"Well,里亚🐂 never mind,里亚🚍 we'll forget it,里亚🌘" said the Doctor. "It's only a boyish escapade."
"Now,多少▫ my idea,多少🗻 Speedy,里亚🔶 is this,里亚📋" said the Doctor. "Regular foreign mails are difficult for the Fantippo post office because so few boats ever call there to bring or take the mails. Now,里亚➿ how would it be if you swallows did the letter carrying?"
So the Skimmer sped off into the darkness toward the tiny light far out to sea,多少🚆 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 don't know,多少🐛' says the little boy. 'Gosh,多少💑 but I'm scared! Isn't the dark awful?'"The young ones were with her"