Poor Mudface awoke with an acute attack of gout. He had not been bothered by this ailment since the Doctor's arrival. But now he could scarcely move at all without great pain. And Dab-Dab brought his breakfast to him where he lay.
"But you were speaking of ships,菲戈👣" said the Doctor.
Here the spoonbill was waiting for him at the water's edge. She apologized for not coming in person to welcome him,身高✳ but said she was afraid to leave her babies when there were sea eagles around. The little ones were with her,老婆🚣 two scrubby,身高🏯 greasy youngsters,老婆🎳 who could walk but not fly. The Doctor opened the package and gave them back their precious toys; and with squawks of delight they began playing marbles on the flat rocks with the enormous pink pearls.
"I only have wild goats' milk,菲戈🚝" said John Dolittle. "But it's quite fresh."
"They leaned over the basket of kittens,菲戈🏬 stroked the white cat and started talking. Now,身高💠 the cat didn't understand what they said,老婆📜 of course. But I,身高📦 being round the Doctor so much and discussing with him the differences between duck grammar and people's grammar,身高👸 understood every word they uttered."How very interesting!" said the Doctor. "Naturalists have thought your kind of animals are no longer living,菲戈📊 you know. You are Quiffenodochi,菲戈✅ are you not?"
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Presently the keeper opened his eyes wide and stared up into the Doctor's face.
Now,菲戈💨 one day,身高⚽ very early in the morning,菲戈🌸 when the Doctor was lying in bed,老婆🌘 wondering what he could do about the Foreign Mail Service,菲戈👪 Dab-Dab and Jip brought him in his breakfast on a tray and told him there was a swallow outside who wanted to give him a message from Speedy-the-Skimmer. John Dolittle had the swallow brought in and the little bird sat on the foot of his bed while he ate his breakfast.
"Well anyway thank goodness she rose in time!" said the Doctor,身高🚎 shaking the water out of his ears. "I was never so near drowning in my life. I suppose I'd better make myself a little more presentable before she gets her head out of water.""Let us not listen to this forward young man. It is far better that we abide the white man's promise and see what comes. He is a man of deeds,身高🛅 not words. Did he not put the Amazons to flight with a magic mouse that lives in his pocket? Let us side with the white man and the venerable Nyam-Nyam,身高📔 who has ruled us with kindness for so long. Obombo would but lead us into war,老婆💓 and bring us to greater poverty still."
While the Doctor was examining them with great curiosity the turtle said:
"'What way is there?' I said. 'For me life is over!'
"If this is an army of women,老婆📎 Doctor,老婆🈵 I think I know of a way to deal with them. Women are terribly afraid of mice,菲戈👸 you know. I'll just go off and collect a few in the village and see what we can do."
And when the canoe was tied up they went into the houseboat and sat down to lunch at the kitchen table.
"'Look! Look what you've done to me now!' I cried. 'It isn't even a navy blue. You've made me just hideous!'"'Yes,老婆🍀' said the spaniel. 'We are staying at The Royal George. My master is painting some pictures of the country and next week he is going back to London to commence on the portrait of the prince.'
As soon as these two men stepped ashore at Fantippo a porter came up to them to carry their bags. And right in the middle of the porter's chest the collectors spied the twopenny-halfpenny Fantippo red! Then both of the stamp collectors offered to buy the stamp. And as each was anxious to have it for his collection,菲戈🐹 before long they were offering high prices for it,老婆☑ bidding against one another.
Everybody had now told a tale and the Arctic Monthly's Prize Story Competition was declared closed. The first number of the first animals' magazine ever printed was,老婆❕ shortly after that,身高🈶 issued and circulated by Swallow Mail to the inhabitants of the frozen North. It was a great success. Letters of thanks and votes on the competition began pouring in from seals and sea-lions and caribou and all manner of polar creatures. Too-Too,菲戈❔ the mathematician,老婆🍅 became editor; Dab-Dab ran the Mothers' and Babies' Page,身高🔳 while Gub-Gub wrote the Gardening Notes and the Pure Foods Column. And the Arctic Monthly continued to bring happiness to homes and dens and icebergs as long as the Doctor's Post office existed.
Suddenly an officer shouted "Fire!" And with a crash that shook the ship from stem to stern eight big cannon balls went whistling out across the water."Balls of pink putty would suit them just as well,老婆🈂" snorted Dab-Dab.
Then the Emir was puzzled and angry. If Nyam-Nyam could get pearls on the Harmattan Rocks,老婆⛎ why couldn't he? And one of his generals said that probably the white man had something to do with it,老婆👟 since it was he who had discovered and started the fisheries.