What did the Habsburg governor Gessler want to check? How did he do that

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There are numerous versions of the story of William Tell , going back to the fifteenth century. Most of them, including Schiller's play, agree on certain basic facts, including the tyranny of Governor Gessler. Gessler sets his hat on top of a pole in front of the new prison he has built, and commands everyone who passes by to bow to it, on pain of death. In some versions of the story, William Tell openly defies this order, but in Schiller's version, he says...

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