one is familiar with the difficulties that frequently arise over the
giving of change, and how the assistance of a third person with a few
coins in his pocket will sometimes help us to set the matter right.
Here is an example.
An Englishman went into a shop in New York and bought goods at a cost
of thirty-four cents.
The only money he had was a dollar, a three-cent piece, and a two-cent
The tradesman had only a half-dollar and a quarter-dollar.
But another customer happened to be present, and when asked to help
produced two dimes, a five-cent piece, a two-cent piece, and a one-cent
How did the tradesman manage to give change?
For the benefit of those readers who are not familiar with the American
coinage, it is only necessary to say that a dollar is a hundred cents
and a dime ten cents.
A puzzle of this kind should rarely cause any difficulty if attacked in
a proper manner.