"From the bottom of the lake,分析🚖" said the turtle. "Out there,案件🐽" Mudface nodded toward the gloomy wide-stretching waters,道德✏ "there stood,案件😲 thousands of years ago,分析🏠 the beautiful city of Shalba. Don't I know,分析🐎 when for long enough I lived in it? Once it was the greatest and fairest city ever raised by men and King Mashtu of Shalba the proudest monarch in the world. Now I,法律📫 Mudface the turtle,道德📺 make a nest in the swamp out of the ruins of his palace. Ha! Ha!"
"But this lady was in distress,法律📃" said the Doctor. "I was in such a hurry I forgot all about lighting the ship. In fact,道德💳 it wasn't dark yet when I left."
Presently when he had undone the cord that tied his feet,法律👍 John Dolittle stood up and gazed over the ocean. And there,案件🌸 on the sky line,分析🎐 he could just see the sails of Wilkins' schooner disappearing eastward.
On the coast of West Africa,道德🍗 about twenty miles to the northward of Fantippo,道德🐶 there was a cape running out into the sea which had a lighthouse on it called the Cape Stephen Light. This light was kept carefully burning by the government who controlled that part of Africa,道德🚔 in order that ships should see it from the sea and know where they were. It was a dangerous part of the coast,分析🏠 this. There were many rocks and shallows near the end of Cape Stephen. And if the light were ever allowed to go out at night,法律📑 of course,分析🌇 ships traveling that part of the sea would be in great danger of running into the long cape and wrecking themselves.
"Well,法律🏇 in that way,案件💿 keeping ahead of them and calling like a cat,法律🍊 I finally led the children right out of the woods. They did a good deal of stumbling and the girl's long hair often got caught in the bushes. But I always waited for them if they were lagging behind. At last,道德♎ when we gained the open fields,道德👲 we saw three houses on the sky line,法律👴 and the middle one was all lighted up and people with lanterns were running around it,法律🍆 hunting in all directions.
Late that same afternoon the Doctor returned to Chief Nyam-Nyam's village. And with him he took the cormorant as well as Dab-Dab and his animals.
Then when King Koko had got his mail-men,案件🏥 the Royal Fantippo post office began really working. Letters were collected from the boxes at street corners and sent off when ships called; and incoming mail was delivered at the doors of the houses in Fantippo three times a day. The post office became the busiest place in town."Where?" cried Jip.
So the Captain gave him five pounds of the best China tea and thanked him again in the name of the Queen and the government.
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.
Jip and Dab-Dab were still plotting to find some way to reach the Doctor. But there seemed to be nothing they could think of.