“Little Willie on the casement,
Fell two stories to the basement.
Willie’s head felt slightly silly:
Doctor had to sew up Willie.
(With Apologies to Col. D. Streamer.)”
This quatrain is notable in that it is the earliest Little Willie reference I have found that directly credits Harry Graham (pen name Col D Streamer) author of Ruthless Rhymes with having an influence on the writer (though it is not the earliest Little Willie poem I have found).
This particular Little Willie verse was used as the epigraph to a news story concerning a non-fictional boy (aptly named Willie) who fell from a second story window onto a pile of granite blocks. Surprisingly, the real little Willie not only survived, his injury was limited to a gash in his scalp (“Doctor had to sew up Willie”).