The next day the post-birds complained that the mail was an extra heavy one. And when it was sorted,什么🔬 there were ten thick letters for Gub-Gub and none for anybody else. Jip got suspicious about this and looked over Gub-Gub's shoulder while he opened them. In each one there was a banana skin.
So,什么🍐 in spite of John Dolittle's impatience,神枪🗻 the story was put off till the following day. For the evening meal Dab-Dab managed to scout around and gather together quite a nice mess of fresh-water shellfish and Too-Too collected some marsh berries that did very well for dessert.
"I'll bet it's Jack Wilkins,神枪🎾 the cross-eyed pearl fisherman,神枪🏰" whispered Dab-Dab. "A man with a face like that would steal anything. And he was the only one,二部📱 besides us and Speedy,什么🔢 who knew the pearls were going through the mails. It's Wilkins,神枪🎨 sure as you're alive."
"I thought I'd never come up again,二部🍎 and even when I did I nearly drowned before I found the string in the dark and scrambled,二部🌊 gasping for breath,二部👆 out of the vat.But when the sparrow went all his London friends went with him and the post office was left with no city birds to attend to the city deliveries. The swallows and other birds tried their hardest to get letters around to the houses properly. But they couldn't. And before long complaints began to come in from the townspeople.
"They'd run off with it and swallow it"
"Well,什么🌀 never mind,什么📈 we'll forget it,什么🏃" said the Doctor. "It's only a boyish escapade."But the black men found the heavy uniforms dreadfully hot for Fantippo weather,二部🏣 where they wear only a string of beads. And they left off the uniforms and wore only the caps. That is how the Fantippo postman's uniform came to be a smart cap,神枪💄 a string of beads and a mail bag.
"Then the father swings his lantern around,什么🍍 looking for a cat; and before I had time to hop away he throws the light full on me,神枪🛁 sitting on a sage bush.
"No,什么🍎 now wait a minute,二部🍲" cried the Doctor. "Don't all be jumping on him this way. We were all young once. Let him tell his story. He may win the prize. Who knows? Come along,二部🚠 Gub-Gub. Tell us your story. What's the name of it?"
Well,二部🌇 after ten days John Dolittle got what is called the Domestic Mails in pretty good shape. Domestic mails are those that carry letters from one part of a country to another part of the same country,神枪🚗 or from one part of a city to another. The mails that carry letters outside the country to foreign lands are called Foreign Mails. To have a regular and good service of foreign mails in the Fantippo post office the Doctor found a hard problem,神枪🏃 because the mail ships which could carry letters abroad did not come very often to this port. Fantippo,什么👚 although King Koko was most proud of it,神枪👸 was not considered a very important country among the regular civilized nations and two or three ships a year were all that ever called there.
And he had letter-boxes made,什么🔍 just the way the white trader had told him they had in England,二部🏦 and he set them up at the corners of the streets and told his people that all they had to do was to put one of his stamps on their letters,神枪⚡ poke them into these boxes and they would travel to any corner of the earth they wished.