"I thought they were Brussels sprouts,没有😌" said the squirrel timidly. "A few weeks ago when I and my wife were sitting in a tree we suddenly smelled the smell of Brussels sprouts,共享🐍 awful strong,共享💃 all about us. I and my wife are very fond of this vegetable and we wondered where the smell was coming from. And then,为什么📱 looking up,没有🍀 we saw thousands of thrushes passing overhead,单车🚩 carrying Brussels sprouts in their mouths. We hoped they would stop so we could get a few. But they didn't. So we agreed that perhaps more would be coming over in a few days. And we arranged to stay around that same tree and wait. And,没有😭 sure enough,共享🚤 this morning I saw one of these same thrushes alight in the tree,为什么📟 carrying a package. 'Pst!' I whispered to the wife. 'More Brussels sprouts. Let's bag his parcel while he's not looking!' And bag it I did. But when we opened it we found nothing but these wretched gew-gaws. I thought they might be some new kind of rock candy and I was on my way to find a stone to crack them with when this bird grabbed me by the scruff of the neck and arrested me. I didn't want the beastly pearls."
"Gosh!" growled Jip.
"I'm awfully glad to hear from him again,共享🍚" said the Doctor. "I had given up all hope of ever seeing him. You can show me how to get to him?"
For a moment or two the pushmi-pullyu pawed the deck of the veranda with his dainty hoofs,单车💏 as if wrapped in deep thought. Then,单车🍓 looking up with one of his heads,香港🙊 he began speaking in a quiet voice,没有🍬 while the other coughed apologetically below the level of the tea-table.
Then the Doctor was sorry and wished he hadn't discharged Cheapside,共享📴 who seemed to be the only one who could manage this part of the mails properly.The Doctor span the penny and it came down tails.
"They are pearls,单车🔭" said the Doctor,共享😟 "and worth a tremendous lot. Ladies in cities wear them around their necks."
But the Captain interrupted him by calling for a sailor,共享📈 who stood near."And this is what I heard the farmer say to his wife: 'We'll keep the black and white kitten,为什么📞 Liza. I'll drown the other five to-morrow morning. Won't never do to have all them cats running around the place.' His grammar was atrocious.
"In my travels through the woods I heard children's voices and the barking of a dog. Usually I would have gone further into the forest,为什么🌝 away from such sounds. But in my young days I was a curious bird and my curiosity often led me into many adventures. So instead of flying away,香港📚 I went toward the noises I heard,为什么🎺 moving cautiously from tree to tree,没有🚺 so that I could see without being seen.
"No,为什么😙 the lighthouse on Cape Stephen,香港🆖" said the Doctor. "A gull just came and told me. The shipping's in danger. Wrecks,香港👂 you know,单车🐋 and all that. Wake up and look sensible,没有📪 for pity's sake!"
THE WHITE MOUSE'S STORY
"'My gracious!' says he. 'What a quaint notion. Why don't you lead them out of the woods? They probably live over in one of those farms near the crossroads.'"I put the parcel down"
Then he strode through the prison door out into the sunlit street,共享💽 while the frightened people fell back on either side and covered their faces,香港🈁 whispering:
"Yes,单车🚂 yes,单车🛁" said the Doctor. "Go on. I remember Columbus writing of land birds in his diary. Go on."
"'Great heavens,为什么🐭 Doctor,单车😯 I've gained an ounce!'"
And this was how the first letter was sent off by the Swallow Mail: King Koko himself came one morning and,共享🏦 putting his large face in at the information window,为什么🚍 asked:
After supper had been served and eaten and the Doctor had been made to tell the story of the pearl fisheries all over again for the benefit of his own family circle,香港😞 he at last turned to the enormous pile of letters which were waiting for him. They came,单车😏 as usual,单车👏 from all parts of the world,共享🔶 from every conceivable kind of animal and bird. For hours he waded patiently through them,共享🐀 answering them as they came. Speedy acted as his secretary and took down in bird and animal scribble the answers that the Doctor reeled off by the dozen. Often John Dolittle dictated so fast that the poor Skimmer had to get Too-Too (who had a wonderful memory) to come and help listen,共享💽 so nothing should be missed through not writing it down quick enough.
We are now come to an unusual event in the history of the Doctor's post office,单车😧 to the one which was,单车🔶 perhaps,共享🍅 the greatest of all the curious things that came about through the institution of the Swallow Mail."Thank you,香港😲" said the gull. "I am feeling kind of peckish myself. You are very kind. This is the first time I've eaten ship's food inside a ship."
"Jimmie Bones,单车👀 the slaver?" cried the Captain. "That's the man the government has sent me after. Where is he?"
Then,单车🎂 of course,单车🔳 there were all those birds who don't leave their home lands in winter,单车🅱 but stay in one country all the time. The leaders of these had come under special guidance of other birds to oblige the Doctor by being present at the great meeting. They promised to have their people all the year round take care of letters that were brought to their particular countries to be delivered. So between one thing and another,单车📚 much of the planning and arrangement of the service was got through in these first two meetings."Good Lord!" groaned the Doctor,没有🚫 and he nearly broke the paddle as he churned the water astern to make the canoe go faster yet.
"Certainly. So could any cormorant."
PEARLS AND BRUSSELS SPROUTS
"What is that tune you are humming?" asked the Doctor.
And now very soon Cheapside took entire charge of the city delivery of mails in Fantippo. Of course,单车💃 as soon as the mail began to get heavy,共享💳 when the people got the habit of writing more to their friends and relatives,共享🌒 Cheapside could not deal with all the mail himself. So he sent a message by a swallow to get fifty sparrows from the streets of London (who were,共享🐟 like himself,为什么💐 accustomed to city ways),香港🐽 to help him with the delivery of letters. And around the native holiday seasons,共享📣 the Harvest Moon and the Coming of the Rains,香港🏨 he had to send for fifty more to deal with the extra mail.