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Posted by The Captain on May 26, 2000 at 14:25:50:

In Reply to: The Captain's insightful comments posted by Tali Urulu III, Research Assitant to Klaus Werner Immerschreiben on May 26, 2000 at 00:44:58:

: have provided clues which may resolve mysteries perplexing historians in the Seiber Islands for over 50 years. Records of the Seiber Islands Schützenverein ("Shooting Association") reveal that in 1940 a certain "Lt Nemo" was the Schützenkönig ("Champion Shot") of its annual competition. Interviews with witnesses at the competition reveal than this "Lt Nemo" was an American naval officer who participated in the event as the guest of Quinton McHale, a member of the Schützenverein.

: In the tradition of the Grand Duchy of Wotanberg (see which had been transplanted to the Seiber Islands, the Schützenkönig serves as the honorary Colonel of the Seiber Rifles for the year following the competition, and is commonly referred to as the "King of the Seiber Rifles" for that period.

: (I am chagrined to admit that I never made the connection between this honorific title and that of the book "King of the Khyber Rifles. Gosh, I never even made the connection between "Seiber Rifles" and "Khyber Rifles" in all these years.)

: Another fact revealed by witnesses at the 1940 competition of the Seiber Islands Schützenverein was that, despite his protestations that his weapon of choice was a broom handle Mauser, "Lt Nemo" demonstrated an uncanny familiarity and skill with the British Lee Enfield rifle used in the competition. Yet another fact revealed by these witnesses is that at the closing ceremonies for the 1940 competition, "Lt Nemo" was presented with a new broom handle Mauser by the Naval Attache to the German Consul in the Seiber Islands–one Leutnant zur See Siegfried Skorzeny-- whom the good "Lt Nemo" had barely edged out in the final round.

: I must also add that the Captain's comments have shamed the Seiber Cyberspace-Defence Battery into correcting their "contributions" to the Seiber Island Historical Journal.

Turrah Lura Lura III,

The officially non-existent naval lieutenant was chagrined by his uninpired and rather obvious cover name.

At that time the cover name section of the Office of Naval Intelligence was staffed solely by a "stashed ensign" awaiting orders (in retrospect true justice would have sent him to a cable-layer in Kittery, Maine). He was dating a young lady who spoke of Jules Verne and the ensign, with the benefit of two years high school Latin, jumped on the significance of the name "Nemo." The ensign was not perhaps aware that others beyond his girl friend, read outside of the limits of the sports page, the Police Gazette, and the track sheet.

Our naval lieutenant had to endure considerable tittering among the frog naval officers (especially the frog submarine officers) whenever he was announced on the range.

The non-existent lieutenant share a parallel background to McHale's "vinegar" importation, importing "pyrotechnical devices for varmint control" in various Pacific ports. He too had a superficial background in Latin marking ordnance boxes with the firms motto "Pacem in Excelsior." The boxes were also well suited for disposing of untiddy bodies when properly weighted, if I may digress.

The stashed ensign's lady acquaintance gave him the boot and eventually she saw more action than he did. Her name was Crinkey or Pinkley or Stickney or something like that. So long ago.


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