So the Captain gave orders that all possible speed was to be made. These were the days when steam was first used on ships. But at the beginning it was only used together with the sails,我们🈲 to help the power of the wind. Of this vessel,130413🐌 H. M. S. Violet,结婚🚌 the Captain was very proud. And he was most anxious that the Violet should have the honor of catching Bones the slaver,我们🈴 who for so long had been defying the navy by carrying on slave trade after it had been forbidden. So the Violet's steam engines were put to work their hardest. And thick,结婚⚡ black smoke rolled out of her funnels and darkened the blue sea and smudged up her lovely white sails humming tight in the breeze.
About ten o'clock in the morning Fred,我们📓 the partner,我们🈺 returned in the little sail-boat from his oyster-gathering expedition. He was very much worried when he heard of the accident which had happened while he had been off duty. Fred,130413😒 like the other keeper,结婚📑 was a Londoner and a seaman. He was a pleasant fellow and both he and his partner (who was now almost entirely recovered from his injury) were very glad of the Doctor's company to break the tiresome dullness of their lonely life.
"What's a strike?" asked Gub-Gub.
"Boom!" ... The shot went rolling and echoing over the silent sea like angry thunder."The gull took a fresh piece of toast"
This woman's name was Zuzana and her husband was a very strong and fine-looking man. The King of Fantippo would have kept Zuzana's husband for this reason,我们🎸 because he liked to have strong men at his court. But the slave traders also wanted strong men,我们⚓ for they could do a lot of work on the plantations. And they offered the King of Fantippo a specially high price for Zuzana's husband. And the king had sold him."Well,130413⌚ Speedy,130413🔅" said John Dolittle. "What is it?"
"Certainly,结婚🍇" said the white mouse,结婚🌍 setting to work at once. "Why is it so dark? I haven't slept into the night,结婚😿 have I?"
"Why did you do it?" he repeated.
Nearly all of the history of Doctor Dolittle's post office took place when he was returning from a voyage to West Africa. Therefore I will begin (as soon as I have told you a little about how he came to take the journey) from where he turned his ship towards home again and set sail for Puddleby-on-the-Marsh.
"'Turn back,130413⛔ Jip!' gasped the Doctor"
"So,我们👧 seeing they were threatened by a secret danger,结婚🔅 I went off and told the leader of the herd about it. He was frightfully stupid and I had the hardest work getting it into his head.
"So,结婚📌 picking myself up wearily,我们🌗 I started off for the miller's shop. On the threshold I paused a moment. It was a terrible step I was about to take. I gazed miserably down the street,我们💮 thinking upon the hardness of life and the sadness of love,130413🔨 and there,结婚👐 coming toward me,结婚🔋 with a bandage around his tail,我们🐆 was my own brother!
"Get me some more clean water from the kitchen,结婚💵" said the Doctor,130413💉 who was bathing a large lump on the side of the man's head.
From that the Doctor went on to explain to the King,我们⚽ that much as he loved Fantippo and its people,130413👠 he had many things to attend to in England and must now be thinking of going home. And of course as none of the natives could talk bird-language,结婚⬛ the Swallow Mail would have to be replaced by the ordinary kind of post office.
"And when I went home that night I felt I had done a good day's work. For my friend's master,130413🎅 the one-legged beggar,结婚🍆 was now rich enough to live in comfort for the rest of his life."
And in spite of the lateness of the hour,结婚🚄 John Dolittle said a hasty farewell to Chief Nyam-Nyam and started off by moonlight for Fantippo Harbor.Fastening up his own canoe,我们🚉 he went into the post office. And inside there was quite a crowd. He made his way through it with Dab-Dab and in the registered mail booth he found all the animals gathered around a small black squirrel. The little creature's legs were tied with post office red tape and he seemed very frightened and miserable. Speedy and Cheapside were mounting guard over him,结婚📟 one on each side.
And he sent letters to various fellow naturalists whom he knew in different countries and gave them a whole lot of information about the yearly flights or migration of birds. Because,我们🐥 of course,我们🚔 in the bird mail business he learned a great deal on that subject that had never been known to naturalists before.
This they were glad to do. And the Doctor made the tea himself and it was very excellent. Over the tea Zuzana and her husband (whose name was Begwe) were conversing about the Kingdom of Fantippo.
Then the Captain,结婚🔅 who a moment before was all for punishing the man who had fired without orders,我们👾 wanted to know who it was that aimed that marvelous shot which brought the slaver to a standstill. And the Doctor was going to tell him it was Speedy. But the Skimmer whispered in his ear:When Dab-Dab roused the party next morning the sun was shining through the mist upon the lake doing its best to brighten up the desolate scenery around them.
But the parent birds,130413⭕ as soon as the young ones were able to fly,结婚🚼 set their children to work clearing up the mess. And all that mud was taken off and dropped into the harbor,我们🐐 piece by piece. And the Doctor's ship was left in a cleaner state than it had ever been before in its whole life.