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The Millionaire's Perplexity

Mr. Morgan G. Bloomgarten, a millionaire, known in the States as the Calm King, had, for his sins, more money than

The King's Crown

he know what to do with. It bored him. So he determined to persecute some of his poor but happy friends with it. They had never done him any harm, but he resolved to inoculate them with the “source of all evil.”

He therefore proposed to distribute a million dollars among them and watch them go rapidly to the bad. But he was a man of strange fancies and superstitions, and it was an inviolable rule with him never to make a gift that was not either one dollar or some power of seven—such as 7, 49, 343, 2,401, which number of dollars are produced by simply multiplying sevens together.

Another rule of his was that he would never give more than six persons exactly the same sum.

Now how was he to distribute the 1,000,000 dollars? You may distribute among as many people as you like, under the conditions given.