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*: Oliver Twists ninth birthday found him a pale thin child, somewhat diminutive in stature, and decidedly small in circumference.
*: One of the Wise Men said the King was born in February; another declared it was in May, and a third figured the great event happened in October. So the King issued a royal decree that he should have three birthdays every year, in order to be on the safe side; and whenever he happened to think of it he put in an odd birthday or two for luck.
*: "And we thought wed make a nice birthday for him. Hes been so awfully jolly decent to us, you know, Mother," said Peter, "and we agreed that next bun-day wed ask you if we could."
*: It was his custom to begin a new years record on February 12, his birthday.
*: The Kings Birthday, which occurred yesterday, will be officially observed to-day, and the customary list of honours conferred on the occasion is published.