For many folks it would have seemed a creepy,时刻表😵 nightmary sort of country,西安🚐 this land of the mangrove swamps. But to the Doctor,火车🎯 for whom any kind of animal life was always companionable and good intentioned,西安🆑 it was a most delightful new field of exploration.
And he had printed forms made,绥德🍮 called "Things a Young Rabbit Should Know,绥德✴" "The Care of Feet in Frosty Weather,车站🚊" etc.,时刻表🍝 etc. These he sent out by mail in thousands.
"Make one!" cried the turtle. "How would you go about it?"
"Great heavens!" cried the Doctor. "What a start you gave me! Come in,时刻表🈷 come in,绥德💴 and make yourself at home.""Go away,绥德🔞" said she,火车🐰 "and leave me to my sorrow. Haven't you white men done me enough harm?"
On the coast of West Africa,西安🎌 about twenty miles to the northward of Fantippo,车站🐦 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,火车👫 in order that ships should see it from the sea and know where they were. It was a dangerous part of the coast,火车🌠 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,绥德🚸 of course,西安🆔 ships traveling that part of the sea would be in great danger of running into the long cape and wrecking themselves.
But wherever money is made in large quantities and business is good,火车😁 there strangers will always come,西安👙 seeking their fortune. And before long the little village that used to be so poor and insignificant was full of traders from the neighboring kingdoms,车站🌿 buying and selling in the crowded,时刻表🐕 busy markets. And,时刻表㊙ of course,绥德😛 questions were soon asked as to how this country had suddenly got so rich. And,绥德🗻 although the Chief had carried out the Doctor's orders and had only intrusted the secret of the fisheries to a few picked men,火车💦 folks began to notice that canoes frequently came and went between the Harmattan Rocks and the village of Chief Nyam-Nyam.
"This beautiful land could also have been called the 'Animals' Paradise,绥德✌'" he murmured. "Long may they enjoy it to themselves! May this,时刻表🐅 indeed,西安👚 be No-Man's-Land forever!"
"Gub-Gub ate them,时刻表😔" said Too-Too. "Those are the sprouts,火车📨 no doubt,西安🚞 that the thrushes brought here."As Zuzana and Begwe rose to go,西安📓 for it was beginning to get dark,西安💶 the Doctor noticed a canoe setting out toward his ship from the shore. And in it,绥德🔭 when it got near,绥德💭 he saw King Koko himself,西安💶 coming to the white man's boat with stamps to sell.
Now,车站🚻 the peoples of West Africa have curious tastes in dress. They love bright things. And some Fantippo dandy started the idea of using up old stamps off letters by making suits of clothes out of them. They looked very showy and smart and a suit of this kind made of stamps became a valuable possession among the natives.
"Aye,火车🚧 aye,西安💡 sir,车站🌜" said the master-at-arms. And before the Doctor knew it he had handcuffs fastened firmly on his wrists.
Then the Doctor was sorry and wished he hadn't discharged Cheapside,西安🚢 who seemed to be the only one who could manage this part of the mails properly.
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.
And he had letter-boxes made,车站🌷 just the way the white trader had told him they had in England,火车👛 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,火车🐨 poke them into these boxes and they would travel to any corner of the earth they wished."They leaned over the basket of kittens,时刻表🏡 stroked the white cat and started talking. Now,火车🌺 the cat didn't understand what they said,火车🍓 of course. But I,火车💘 being round the Doctor so much and discussing with him the differences between duck grammar and people's grammar,火车🔢 understood every word they uttered.
"So,时刻表❔ without letting the spaniel see that I was following him,西安🐺 I went after him,绥德🙋 to see where he was going.
But after many hours of terrific labor,西安🌌 trying to get letters sorted and the place in order,西安🌘 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,时刻表🦆 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."It changed my appearance completely. Moving through the long grass,西安🔪 I looked like some ordinary kind of deer. So,西安📫 disguised in this manner,火车🍪 I sauntered out into an open meadow and grazed around till my precious Badamoshis should appear. Which they very shortly did.
"But we never thought where the dogs might be getting all these things they brought us. The truth is,西安🏀 we didn't bother very much,西安⛔ I'm afraid. Anyway at the end of our first week of brisk trade we noticed a great many people going through the streets as though they were looking for something. And presently these people,绥德😏 seeing our shop in the empty lot,车站🌚 gathered around us,时刻表🍂 talking to one another. And while they were talking a retriever came up to me with a gold watch and chain in his mouth,时刻表📑 which he wanted to exchange for a ham bone.
Inside the lighthouse the Doctor found the darkness blacker still. With hands outstretched before him,西安📌 he hurried forward and the first thing he did was to stumble over a man who was lying on the floor just within the door. Without waiting to see what was the matter with him,车站🐟 the Doctor jumped over his body and began to grope his way up the winding stairs of the tower that led to the big lamp at the top.
It was the sound of a seabird,车站🎑 calling away out at sea. Now,时刻表🛂 seabirds don't,火车📝 as a rule,车站📲 call very much unless they are in great numbers. This call sounded like a single bird. The Doctor put his head through the window and looked out."Well,绥德🎈" said the Doctor,绥德🐤 settling himself back in his chair,火车🍖 "I think I'll call this story 'The Invalids' Strike.'"