Mr. Morgan G. Bloomgarten, the millionaire, known in the States as the Clam
King, had, for his sins, more money than he knew what to do with. It bored him.
So he determined to persecute some of his poor but happy friends with it.
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 numbers 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?
distribute the money among as many people as you like, under the conditions