"Yes,上汽📏" said Jip,上汽🌖 putting down his watchman's lantern,赛宝🍀 "and a mighty good one it is,上汽🐍 too. There isn't another like it anywhere."
The Doctor ran into the post office kitchen and woke the poor housekeeper,上汽💿 who was slumbering soundly beside the kitchen stove.
During the course of the next day's travel the country became,赛宝👺 as the snake had foretold,赛宝👍 freer and more open. Little by little the islands grew fewer and the mangroves not so tangly. In the dreary views there was less land and more water. The going was much easier now. For miles at a stretch the Doctor could paddle,上汽🐨 without the help of his guide,赛宝🐇 in water that seemed to be quite deep. It was indeed a change to be able to look up and see a clear sky overhead once in a while,上汽💕 instead of that everlasting network of swamp trees. Across the heavens the travelers now occasionally saw flights of wild ducks and geese,赛宝🙅 winging their way eastward."Easy comes,上汽🔱 easy goes,赛宝🔪" murmured Gub-Gub. "Never mind. I don't suppose it's really such fun being rich. Wealthy people have to behave so unnaturally."
But the second in command plucked him by the sleeve and pointed across the water. Speedy's cannon ball had cut the slaver's mainmast clean in two and brought the sails down in a heap upon the deck!
Then Gub-Gub got all worked up and before anybody could stop him he had taken a plunge. The pig went down so quick and so straight he got his snout stuck in the mud at the bottom,上汽🚝 and the Doctor,赛宝📥 still out of breath,上汽🏆 had to go down after him and get him free. The animals by this time were at such a pitch of excitement that even the white mouse would have jumped in if Gub-Gub's accident hadn't changed his mind.But after many hours of terrific labor,上汽♓ trying to get letters sorted and the place in order,上汽🐍 John Dolittle saw that such a tremendous job as setting the Fantippo post office to rights would not be a matter of a day or two. It would take weeks at least. So he told this to the King. Then the Doctor's ship was brought into the harbor and put safely at anchor and the animals were all taken ashore. And a nice,上汽🍦 new house on the main street was given over to the Doctor for himself and his pets to live in while the work of straightening out the Fantippo mails was going on.
Then all three men sprang on him with ropes and in a minute his arms and legs were tied and the fight was over.
Toward evening the Doctor arrived at a small settlement of straw huts,上汽😈 the village of Chief Nyam-Nyam. Calling on the Chief with an introduction from King Koko,赛宝🚷 the Doctor was well received. He found,赛宝🎢 however,上汽👤 that the country over which this chief ruled was indeed in a very poor state. For years powerful neighbors on either side had made war on the old Chief and robbed him of his best farming lands,上汽📣 till now his people were crowded onto a narrow strip of rocky shore where very little food could be grown. The Doctor was particularly distressed by the thinness of the few chickens pecking about in the streets. They reminded him of old broken-down cab-horses,赛宝💺 he said.
"She made a regular pet of him"
"By sniffing them,赛宝🌜" said the cormorant. "The ones that have those things in them don't smell fresh. I'm frightfully particular about my oysters.""I'll take the pearls myself this time,赛宝🐮" he said to Speedy,上汽📰 "and hand them over to the spoonbill in person. We don't want any more accidents happening to them."
And presently in the big hollow in the centre of No-Man's-Land they began to arrive. After three days Speedy came to the Doctor and said:
"Yes,上汽◽" said Speedy,上汽🏡 "here's the thrush himself. He'll tell you all about it."
"There goes the Dolittle fortune. My,上汽🚗 but it is marvelous how money doesn't stick to that man's fingers!"
"No,上汽🚤 Speedy,上汽🍒" said the Doctor. "See,赛宝🆑 you have an ounce weight on the pan as well as yourself. That makes you only three and a half ounces."
"They're such a nice,赛宝📬 wholesome,上汽🍁 Christian change,上汽📍" he said,上汽⁉ "after these 'ere 'eathen hidolaters. And you should just hear Fred sing 'See That My Grave's Kept Green.'"
"That will be splendid,赛宝🚫" said the Doctor. "I think your friend should be very helpful to us."This is a letter he received from a pig in Patagonia:
"The old rat gazed at me thoughtfully a moment and I knew that he was going to say something particularly wise.
"Dab-Dab looked over his shoulder""I was out canoeing with a lady,上汽🔪" said the Doctor,上汽🔬 and he smiled comfortingly at Zuzana,赛宝💰 who was beginning to weep again.
THE DOCTOR'S RELEASE
The old turtle thanked him over and over again and the parting was a very affecting one. When at last the goodbyes were all said,上汽🔎 they got into the canoe and set out on the return journey.