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
So he determined to persecute some of his poor but happy friends with
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 numbers of dollars are produced by simply multiplying sevens
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 the money among as many people as you like, under
the conditions given.