Speedy-the-Skimmer had arranged plans with the Doctor overnight. And long before the great warship pulled up her anchor and swung around upon her course the famous swallow leader was miles ahead,画画♒ with a band of picked hunters,恐龙🌐 exploring up creeks and examining all the hollows of the coast where the slave trader might be hiding.
"You sound bitter,图片📞" said the Doctor. "Did King Mashtu do you any harm?""He hasn't any new instruments at all. The man's a fake. All he has down there is an old barge and a whole lot of messy birds flying around."
"About one more day's journey,图片📓" said the snake. "A wide belt of these swamps surrounds the Secret Lake of Junganyika on all sides. The going will become freer as we approach the open water of the lake."
"Dear me!" said the Doctor,霸王龙👵 looking at the miserable culprit,霸王龙📖 who was all tied up with red tape. "What made you steal the pearls?"Then the man left the post office and the Doctor watched him go.
Many of the giraffes were suffering from sore hoofs and he showed them where to find a special root that could be put into a foot bath and would bring immediate relief. The rhinoceroses' horns were growing too long and John Dolittle explained to them how by grinding them against a certain kind of stone and by eating less grass and more berries they could keep the growth down. A special sort of nut tree that the deer were fond of had grown scarce and almost died out from constant nibbling. And the Doctor showed the chief stags how,霸王龙🏭 by taking a few nuts and poking them down into the soft earth with their hoofs before the rainy season set in,霸王龙🈵 they could make new trees grow and so increase the supply.
So the good Speedy sent off messengers; and all around the world and back again word was passed from bird to bird that John Dolittle,恐龙📆 the famous animal doctor,霸王龙🔇 wished to see all the leaders of all kinds of birds,霸王龙🔸 great and small.
Then he went to call on the King,画画📷 as he did every so often. And in the course of conversation John Dolittle asked His Majesty if he knew who the white stranger might be that had called at the houseboat for a postal order."It's all right,恐龙🍑" said the Doctor. "The light has been lit. And it's nearly day now. Here,图片🚸 drink this. Then you'll feel better."
So off they went. And when they had come to the best place on the shore the Doctor took off his clothes and,画画🎻 tying them up in a bundle,图片♒ he fastened them on his head,恐龙🌘 with the precious high hat on the top of all. Then he waded into the surf and,霸王龙🌹 with Jip beside him,恐龙🐅 started swimming for the island.
And he went out into the kitchen and woke up the housekeeper.
"It's a wonderful medicine,图片🎸 that,图片🎀" said he. "You are surely a great Doctor. Have you got any more of it?"
"The Doctor saw the shape of an enormous turtle"
"I will not leave here,画画🚝" said John Dolittle,恐龙📀 standing squarely in the door,恐龙📃 "till you have windows put in this prison. It's a disgrace to lock up anyone in a place without windows."
The black men were at once freed from their chains and brought on to the man-o'-war. Then the slave ship was taken in tow by the Violet. And that was the end of Mr. Bones's slave trading.
"I left them beside my pipe on the information desk,霸王龙🚒" came the Doctor's voice from the top of the dark stairs. "But there must be matches in the lighthouse somewhere. We must find them."
But,画画🔎 being a full-rigged man-o'-war,恐龙🍊 the Violet was still a pretty speedy sailer. And on she went,画画🔖 furiously plowing the waves and slowly gaining on the slave ship."Great heavens!" cried the Doctor. "What a start you gave me! Come in,恐龙🔪 come in,画画📞 and make yourself at home."
"What's the matter?" shouted the Doctor,图片🍓 as soon as he was near enough to make the woman hear. "Why have you come so far from the land? Don't you know that you are in great danger if a storm should come up?"
The excellent postal service continued after he left. The stamps with Koko's face on them were as various and as beautiful as ever. On the occasion of the first annual review of the Fantippo Merchant Fleet a very fine two-shilling stamp was struck in commemoration,图片😇 showing His Majesty inspecting his new ships through a lollipop quizzing-glass. The King himself became a stamp-collector and his album was as good as a family photo-album,恐龙🌍 containing as it did so many pictures of himself. The only awkward incident that happened in the record of the post office which the Doctor had done so much to improve was when some ardent stamp-collectors,恐龙🆘 wishing to make the modern stamps rare,图片🍭 plotted to have the King assassinated in order that the current issues should go out of date. But the plot was happily discovered before any harm was done.
"Go on,恐龙🏦 Gub-Gub,霸王龙😭" said the Doctor. "Don't take any notice of them. I'm listening."
"Who sent you those?" asked Jip.
But after many hours of fruitless search night began to come on and the swallows who were acting as guides could no longer see big distances,图片📪 for there was no moon.