"And what on earth is an invalid?" cried the pushmi-pullyu.
"All this time I was following them secretly and noiselessly overhead. At last the children sat down and the little girl said:
THE GREAT MAIL ROBBERY
"They are very fond of acorns,火鸟🌍" said Speedy.
CHAPTER IThen the Doctor drew back for a run and threw his whole weight against the door. But the hinges and lock had been made to stand the beating of the sea and they budged no more than if he had been a fly.
But,火鸟🌚 alas! when he turned again to the letter to see where the turtle lived,科技🚲 he could find nothing to give a clue to his whereabouts! The mysterious writer who had seen the Flood,科技🔇 Noah and the Ark had forgotten to give his address!
The excellent postal service continued after he left. The stamps with Koko's face on them were as various and as beautiful as ever. On the occasion of the first annual review of the Fantippo Merchant Fleet a very fine two-shilling stamp was struck in commemoration,科技🍩 showing His Majesty inspecting his new ships through a lollipop quizzing-glass. The King himself became a stamp-collector and his album was as good as a family photo-album,网络🆒 containing as it did so many pictures of himself. The only awkward incident that happened in the record of the post office which the Doctor had done so much to improve was when some ardent stamp-collectors,科技⛳ wishing to make the modern stamps rare,火鸟🎢 plotted to have the King assassinated in order that the current issues should go out of date. But the plot was happily discovered before any harm was done.
Of course such an entirely new thing as this required a great deal of learning and working out before it could be made to run smoothly. Something new,科技⛲ some fresh problem,网络🚃 cropped up every day. But although the Doctor,科技🙋 at all times a busy man,科技🔉 was positively worked to death,火鸟🏢 he found it all so interesting that he didn't mind. But the motherly Dab-Dab was dreadfully worried about him; for indeed at the beginning he seemed never to sleep at all."'Willie,网络🍭 we're lost! Whatever shall we do? Night is coming on and I'm so afraid of the dark.'
That was why,火鸟📢 she said,科技🌼 she hated all white men and had not wanted to speak to the Doctor when he had hailed her canoe.
"Get me some more clean water from the kitchen,科技💽" said the Doctor,火鸟🚰 who was bathing a large lump on the side of the man's head.
Very well,火鸟➗ then. Now,火鸟🚉 it happened one day that a ship called at the coast of West Africa,火鸟🆗 and delivered a letter for Koko,火鸟🔑 the King of Fantippo. King Koko had never seen a stamp before and,火鸟🔒 sending for a white merchant who lived in his town,网络🚓 he asked him what queen's face was this on the stamp which the letter bore.In a moment he was clattering down the stairs.
Well,科技📔 that was how still another department,火鸟☀ the Parcel Post,网络👜 was added to the Foreign Mails Office of Fantippo. Gub-Gub's sprouts arrived (tons of them,火鸟🌑 because this was a very big flight of birds),网络🐣 and after that many kinds of animals came to the Doctor and asked him to send for foreign foods for them when their own ran short. In this way,网络🌱 too,科技📻 bringing seeds and plants from other lands by birds,科技🚜 the Doctor tried quite a number of experiments in planting,网络👾 and what is called acclimatizing,科技🏂 fruits and vegetables and even flowers.
"On the outskirts of Puddleby-on-the-Marsh there lives a farmer who swears to this day that his cat can understand every word he says. It isn't true,火鸟🚌 but both the farmer and his wife think it is. And I am now going to tell you how they came to get that idea.
Even while the Doctor was speaking he noticed a shadow fall across the desk at which he was standing. He looked up. And there at the information window was the ugliest man's face he had ever seen,火鸟💬 staring in at the beautiful pearls that still lay on the palm of his hand.
"When I had brought the children right up to this house their mother and father made a tremendous fuss,科技📔 weeping over them,网络🌵 as though they had been saved from some terrible danger. In my opinion grown-up humans are even more stupid than the young ones. You'd think,网络🌉 from the way that mother and father carried on,科技📹 that those children had been wrecked on a desert island or something,科技🔪 instead of spending a couple of hours in the pleasant woods.
"Mind,火鸟♏ you wash the soap out first,网络💢 Doc,网络🔆" chirped the Sparrow,网络💎 "it gets into my eyes.""The villain!" grunted the Doctor,火鸟🍒 putting on all the speed he could. "Let's hope he doesn't get away before we reach Fantippo."
When Speedy came to the hummock and said,网络🏨 "Doctor,科技📖 it is finished,火鸟♠" Mudface gazed thoughtfully out into the lake and murmured:
"About a turnip field,网络🚏" said Gub-Gub.
"Everything all right now,火鸟👿 Doctor?" he asked as he swept in graceful circles around the canoe.
As the pushmi-pullyu was now quite ready to leave,网络📍 the Doctor thanked the swallows and told them he would be delighted to have their company. Then for the remainder of that day all was hustle and hurry and bustle,科技🍈 getting the ship provisioned and making preparations for the long trip back to England.