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"GONDOLA WILLIE."

The following story- connected witSj the nickname of "Gondola Willie," wMcV was bestowed upon the. Kaiser, is tolC Some years ago. the German Emperor, was iiu.the habit of; -steaming;up;.iUicL down tlie River Spree on board *a torr. pedb-boat. About tftis- period liisF 3J*-} jesty dined 1 wifcli the Life Gfuardj ia Berlini and after dinner the officers Iβ-; gan to call each other - by their nidc« names* The Emperor, wfio- was sitting J among -the-older officers, suddenly, askafct : "And , pray what is : my nickname xmaag ..•■.- the corps." There was a momenta co* sterna tion; tfren a colonel got up end, with a polite bow, replied, "Lean answer , for the* fact that among the older-offi-cers your Majesty has no nickname.".,This diplomatic reply did!not.satisfy tier _ Emperor, who sent for a sprightly yoang: lieutenant,.and. said, "L command.you-te--. tell mc what nickname has been girai.:>; :me- byryou and your brother officers.", "Is-it a command, your Miljesty ?" Mfa* . thw officer, with twinkling- eye. 'fV«Xv; I well, then; your nickname- is 'Oendol*, Willie.'" •• ■ : -

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"GONDOLA WILLIE." Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 88, 14 April 1909

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