The Emperor

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Once emperor Francis Joseph of Austria (1830 - 1916), who was known to be comparatively unassuming, was hunting with a few companions near Bad Ischl in Austria. Each member of the party was dressed in disreputable hunting cloths.

After a hard day the tired group were met by a peasant, who graciously offered them a lift in his cart. Being some distance from their lodge, they accepted and quickly fell into conversation with their benefactor.

The peasant asked one member of the group who he was. "The king of Saxony," came the reply.

The peasant continued to the next man, who answered, "The king of Bavaria."

Somewhat miffed at what he perceived as a less than humorous response, the peasant turned to Francis Joseph and continued,

"And I suppose you must be the emperor of Austria ..."