"Oh,集团💷 dear!" sighed the duck. "Did anyone ever see a man who could find so many objections to getting rich? Who do they belong to,集团🐟 then?"
"Oh,集团🆗 dear!" sighed the duck. "Did anyone ever see a man who could find so many objections to getting rich? Who do they belong to,集团🚣 then?"
"I know!" cried Jip,集团◽ "write to the Cats'-Meat-Man."
"Tell me,集团🚢" called John Dolittle,集团🎿 in canary language,集团🚕 "where are the matches? Quick!"
"And then,集团🔸 they've got no letter boxes in the doors,集团🌇" 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."But no one had seen the letter arrive; no one could tell what day or hour it had come; no one could guess how it got into the pile of the Doctor's mails; no one knew anything about it. It was one of those little post office mysteries that are always cropping up even in the best-run mail systems.
"Your Majesty,集团🌞" said the Doctor,集团🎉 "I have now a plan to provide your country with an excellent service of foreign mails if you will agree to what I suggest."
And the poor Doctor was dragged away by the Master-at-arms toward a stair leading to the lower decks. But at the head of the stairs he caught hold of the handrail and hung on long enough to shout back to the Captain:
GOOD-BYE TO FANTIPPOAnd when Dab-Dab and Jip came to take away the tray they found the Doctor shaving. He was peering into a looking glass,集团💞 holding the end of his nose and muttering to himself:
On arriving back at the houseboat from his short and very busy holiday the Doctor was greeted joyfully by the pushmi-pullyu,集团🐸 Too-Too,集团🍔 Cheapside and Speedy the Skimmer. King Koko also came out to greet his friend when he saw the arrival of the Doctor's canoe through a pair of opera glasses (price ten shillings and sixpence) which he had recently got from London by parcel post. And the prominent Fantippans,集团🔋 who had missed their afternoon tea and social gossip terribly during the Postmaster's absence,集团📓 got into their canoes and followed the King out to the Foreign Mails Office.
By this time Dab-Dab had gone outside again and was watching over the sea for the oncoming ship. And when at last the great light from the big lamp at the top of the tower suddenly flared out over the sea there was the bow of the vessel,集团💉 not more than a hundred yards from the rocky shore of the cape!
At last the Doctor spoke:
When at last the great serpent was all in,集团😃 his thick coils entirely covered the floor of the Doctor's office and a good part of him overflowed into the passage outside.
"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,集团🚁 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.
"Listen,集团⛪ Dab-Dab!" said the Doctor,集团📰 shaking her. "Wake up! The Cape Stephen Light's gone out!"
The next day after Cheapside had had a good sleep to rest up from his long journey the Doctor took the London sparrow to show him around the town of Fantippo."Humph!" said the Doctor,集团🛄 who had now got the loose tooth out and was showing the baby hippo how to rinse his mouth in the river. "I'm sorry. I suppose I should have sent you a message. But I've been so awfully busy. Let's go up under the shade of those palms and sit down. It was about the post office that I wanted to talk to you."
As it happened,集团🍻 they made an attack that night while the Doctor was staying with the Chief. And about ten o'clock everybody was awakened out of his sleep with cries of "War! War! The Amazons are here!"
But the parent birds,集团🀄 as soon as the young ones were able to fly,集团😭 set their children to work clearing up the mess. And all that mud was taken off and dropped into the harbor,集团♑ piece by piece. And the Doctor's ship was left in a cleaner state than it had ever been before in its whole life.
After about twenty minutes she brought back a black duck-like bird with a tuft on his head.And then began a most exciting sea race. It was now two o'clock in the afternoon and there were not many hours of daylight left.
"Of a story?" cried Too-Too.