"My memory doesn't work very well while my hands are tied,简介🔖" said the Doctor quietly,简介💍 nodding toward the handcuffs. "Possibly if you took these things off I might remember."
"In the jungle Obombo made speeches"
After that,简介📣 of course,李双江➗ letters began to arrive at the houseboat for the Doctor's pets. And one morning,李贺🍬 when the mail was sorted,简介👰 there was a letter for Dab-Dab from her sister; one for the white mouse written by a cousin from the Doctor's bureau drawer; one for Jip from the collie who lived next door in Puddleby and one for Too-Too,李双江🚵 telling him he had a new family of six young ones in the rafters of the stable. But there was nothing for Gub-Gub. The poor pig was nearly in tears at being left out. And when the Doctor went into town that afternoon Gub-Gub asked could he come along.
"Are you the owner of that Noah's Ark down there?" he stormed,李双江⛅ pointing to the other ship alongside.
"So in the dead of night I crept out of the jungle and came to the place where the hunters' huts were. I had to come up from the leeward side,简介✅ because I didn't want to have the dogs get my scent on the wind. I was more afraid of the hunters' dogs,李贺Ⓜ you see,李双江㊗ than I was of the hunters themselves. From the men I could escape quite easily,李贺😯 being much swifter than they were; but dogs,简介🏥 with their sense of smell,李双江🍎 are much harder to get away from,简介🎬 even when you can reach the cover of the jungle.
When it was possible to see,李双江👔 however,简介🎰 the Doctor found that most of Chief Nyam-Nyam's people had fled off into the jungle; and the Amazons,李双江📲 in thousands,简介🍒 were just going through the village,李贺😜 taking anything they fancied. The Doctor tried to argue with them,李双江🚔 but they merely laughed at him."'My soldiers are starving,李双江🍁' said he. 'Your pet,李双江🔫 Madam,简介📋 must be turned into sausages.'
"Matches! Matches! Where are the matches?" screamed Dab-Dab. "The light's out and there's a ship in danger! Where are the matches kept?"
But,李双江🍋 alas! instead of making the number of letters he had to answer less,李双江🈸 the Doctor found that by sending out books of information he increased a hundredfold the already enormous mail he had to attend to.
That is why when,李双江📊 several years after the Doctor had left this country,简介😥 some missionaries visited that part of Africa,李贺🔦 they found to their astonishment that Christmas was celebrated there,李贺🌸 although the people were heathens. But they never learned that the custom had been brought about by Cheapside,李贺🚕 the cheeky London sparrow.
"He has gone northward,李贺💤" said the Doctor. "But your ship is fast and should be able to overtake him. If he hides in some of these bays and creeks I have several birds here with me who can,简介👑 as soon as it is light,简介🏮 seek him out for us and tell us where he is."
"Then I led him into the town. On the way there every once in a while he would say to himself: 'I wonder what can be the matter. Something's wrong,李双江🚇 that's sure,李双江📤 or the dog wouldn't carry on so.'
Indeed,简介💞 if it had not been for the giant water snake,李贺🐏 to whom mangrove swamps were the easiest kind of traveling,简介💮 they would never have been able to make their way forward. But their guide went on ahead of them for hundreds of yards to lead the way through the best openings and to find the passages where the water was deep enough to float a canoe. And,李双江🌋 although his head was out of sight most of the time in the tangled distance,简介💟 he kept,简介🐷 in the worst stretches,李双江🐫 a firm hold on the canoe by taking a turn about the bowpost with his tail. And whenever they were stuck in the mud he would contract that long,李双江🚛 muscular body of his with a jerk and yank the canoe forward as though it had been no more than a can tied on the end of a string.
"Oh,简介🍫 yes,李双江🔅 indeed,简介♍" said the Piffilosaurus. "This island is entirely peopled by harmless,李双江📁 vegetable-feeding creatures. If we had the others,李贺🔇 of course,李双江💿 we wouldn't last long. But come,简介😇 I will show you around the island. Let us go quietly up that valley there,简介✔ so we shan't be seen till we reach the cover of the woods."
On his arrival at the post office the Doctor was given his usual warm reception by the king and dignitaries of Fantippo who paddled out from the town to welcome him back.Then,简介🔫 of course,李双江🔥 there were all those birds who don't leave their home lands in winter,李双江🔰 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,李贺🎳 much of the planning and arrangement of the service was got through in these first two meetings.
The creature stretched his long neck still longer and whispered in the Doctor's ear:
"In the jungle Obombo made speeches"
As soon as he was dressed and shaved the Doctor went down to his ship and met the Skimmer.In the meantime,李双江🚐 Speedy and the thrush flew over the land by the short cut to the post office.
"Cheapside is a London sparrow,简介💈" said the Doctor,李双江🎥 "who visits me every summer in Puddleby. The rest of the year he lives around St. Paul's Cathedral. He builds his nest in St. Edmund's left ear."
Inside the prison the Doctor was swinging his arms to get the stiffness out of them.
"I went to her farm and found her in the farm-yard. I thanked her for what she had done and asked her why she hadn't been around to my place of late.
Then Jip barked his loudest,简介🚇 hoping that possibly Dab-Dab might hear him on the mainland and fly out and bring help. But,李双江🚣 of course,简介📻 they were much too far from the town for anyone to hear.Well,简介🔊 everyone in turn,李双江🎠 the pushmi-pullyu,李双江🌀 Cheapside,简介🏠 Too-Too,李双江👜 Quip-the-Carrier,李贺👭 all the swallows,李双江☝ any stray birds who were living in the neighborhood,李贺🚦 even a pair of rats who had taken up their residence in the houseboat,李双江🚅 were cross-examined by the Doctor or Speedy.
After that,李双江💴 of course,李双江♐ letters began to arrive at the houseboat for the Doctor's pets. And one morning,简介🐅 when the mail was sorted,李双江💰 there was a letter for Dab-Dab from her sister; one for the white mouse written by a cousin from the Doctor's bureau drawer; one for Jip from the collie who lived next door in Puddleby and one for Too-Too,李贺🈷 telling him he had a new family of six young ones in the rafters of the stable. But there was nothing for Gub-Gub. The poor pig was nearly in tears at being left out. And when the Doctor went into town that afternoon Gub-Gub asked could he come along.