A little while after that,摩尔🈳 by using the larger birds to carry packages,电影🌆 a regular parcel post every two months was put at the service of the Fantippans; and alarm clocks and all sorts of things from England were sent for.
Bigger and bigger grew the home-made land and soon Mudface's new estate was acres wide. Still another order from Speedy; and presently the rattling noise changed to a gentle hiss. The sky now was simply black with birds; the pebble-shower had ceased; it was raining sand. Last of all,免费🏭 the birds brought seeds: grass seeds,电影💪 the seeds of flowers,免费🌓 acorns and the kernels of palms. The turtle's new home was to be provided with turf,免费🎾 with wild gardens,庄园🔯 with shady avenues to keep off the African sun.
"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.
"All right,免费🎸" said the Doctor. "Do that. It will take me another four hours at least to reach Fantippo at this pace."The Doctor was eating his lunch of sandwiches at the information desk when the little bird popped his head through the window and said in his cheeky Cockney voice:
Just at that moment Speedy-the-Skimmer came in and said:"Now it happened one day,宝藏🍼 when I was wandering around in the country outside the town,摩尔🚯 that I met a most conceited spaniel. He passed me with his nose turned up in the air in such a cheeky manner that I said to him,庄园👐 I said: 'What makes you so stuck up?'
"Where are the oyster beds around here?" asked the Doctor.
"'No,庄园⛳' I said. 'But I can make a noise like a cat. I learned that from an American catbird that lived in a cage in the stable where I spent last summer.'
"Well,宝藏📷" said Gub-Gub,庄园🌑 "you know how people are always telling you 'You mustn't speak about those things at table!' Well,免费🚨 the Cook Goblins had a speaking tube in the wall which led,免费👉 at the other end,摩尔📭 to the open air outside. And whenever you wanted to talk about any of the things forbidden at table you left the table and went and said it into the speaking tube; then you came back to your seat. It was a very great invention.... Well,免费🚚 as I was saying,庄园☕ the baby pig enjoyed himself tremendously. And when the meal was over he said he must be going back because he wanted to get into the sty before his mother and father should be awake."Well,摩尔💼" said the Jay,电影📻 "the story was handed down to me by my mother,电影📓 who heard it from my grandmother,摩尔🌷 who got it from my great-grandmother,摩尔✝ and so on,电影⚡ way back to an ancestor of ours who lived in America in the fifteenth century. Our kind of birds in those days did not come across to this side of the Atlantic,电影🚀 neither summer nor winter. We used to spend from March to September in the Bermudas and the rest of the year in Venezuela. And when we made the autumn journey south we used to stop at the Bahama Islands to rest on the way.
"Oh,摩尔😅 surely,免费🌱" said the Doctor. "He discovered America in 1492."
Then the two of them went stumbling around in the darkness,电影✂ feeling the walls,庄园🛂 and presently they came upon a low door,电影🚥 opened it and fell headlong down a short flight of steps that led to the lighthouse kitchen. This was a little underground room,摩尔😕 like a cellar,庄园🍓 cut out of the rock on which the lighthouse stood. If there was any fire or stove in it it had long since gone out,庄园💢 for the darkness here was as black as anywhere else. But as soon as the door had opened,宝藏✂ the trills of the song bird grew louder.
"Then I'll open the door,电影🎷" said the Doctor,庄园🚜 "so you can coil part of yourself in the passage. This room is a bit small."
"No,电影🆑 but his wife can,摩尔🚍" said Jip.
"Because it has never been visited by man since the Flood,宝藏👄" said the giant reptile. "You will be the first to see it. We who live in it boast that we bathe daily in the original water of the Flood. For before the Forty Days' Rain came it was not there,庄园🌹 they say. But when the Flood passed away this part of the world never dried up. And so it has remained,摩尔👳 guarded by these wide mangrove swamps,电影🍸 ever since."
"'My soldiers are starving,宝藏💎' said he. 'Your pet,庄园🍱 Madam,电影🚃 must be turned into sausages.'"Don't celebrate Christmas!" cried Cheapside in a shocked voice. "What a disgraceful scandal! Well,宝藏📶 look here,宝藏🐟 Doctor. You just tell King Cocoa-butter that if 'e and 'is people don't celebrate the festive season by giving us post-birds Christmas-boxes there ain't going to be no mail delivered in Fantipsy from New Year's to Easter. And you can tell 'im I said so. It's 'igh time somebody hen-lightened 'is hignorance."
"Well,摩尔🐎 after you had set off in the canoe,电影🚄" said the Skimmer,宝藏🐚 "I and the thrush stopped on our way back here at the tree where he had lost the package. It was too dark then to hunt for it,免费◻ so we roosted in the tree all night,庄园🈷 intending to look in the morning. Just as dawn was breaking we saw this wretched squirrel here flirting about in the branches with an enormous pink pearl in his mouth. I at once pounced on him and held him down,免费🍱 while the thrush took the pearl away from him. Then we made him tell us where he had hidden the other two. And after we had got all three of them we put the squirrel under arrest and brought him here."
These were the days,摩尔🍇 you must understand,宝藏📷 when slavery was being done away with. To capture,摩尔💞 to buy or to sell slaves had,摩尔🍐 in fact,摩尔😾 been strictly forbidden by most governments. But certain bad men still came down to the west coast of Africa and captured or bought slaves secretly and took them away in ships to other lands to work on cotton and tobacco plantations. Some African kings sold prisoners they had taken in war to these men and made a great deal of money that way.
"Lor' bless us,摩尔⚠ Doctor,摩尔🍍 but you do get yourself into some comical situations! Who would think to see John Dolittle,免费▫ M.D.,摩尔📃 heminent physician of Puddleby-on-the-Marsh,电影🏠 bein' pulled through a mud swamp in darkest Africa by a couple of 'undred yards of fat worm! You've no idea how funny you look!"
Then the Emir was puzzled and angry. If Nyam-Nyam could get pearls on the Harmattan Rocks,摩尔📑 why couldn't he? And one of his generals said that probably the white man had something to do with it,免费🔐 since it was he who had discovered and started the fisheries.For a moment Too-Too's plump sides shook with silent laughter as he recalled the scene he was describing.
On the coast of West Africa,电影🍇 about twenty miles to the northward of Fantippo,摩尔🐡 there was a cape running out into the sea which had a lighthouse on it called the Cape Stephen Light. This light was kept carefully burning by the government who controlled that part of Africa,摩尔🐝 in order that ships should see it from the sea and know where they were. It was a dangerous part of the coast,摩尔⌛ this. There were many rocks and shallows near the end of Cape Stephen. And if the light were ever allowed to go out at night,宝藏🆓 of course,庄园🚕 ships traveling that part of the sea would be in great danger of running into the long cape and wrecking themselves.