A well-known millionaire entertained Edward Everett Hale with other guests at a dinner. The host was not only hospitable, but wished everyone to know his liberality. During the meal, he extolled the various viands, and did not hesitate to give their value in dollars and cents. In speaking of some very beautiful grapes served, which had been grown on his estate, he wearied the company by a careful calculation as to just how much a stem of them had cost him. Doctor Hale grinned pleasantly as he extended his empty plate, with the request:
"I'll thank you to cut me off about $1.87 worth more, please."