"The Money Machine."
By Clee Garson (David Wright O'Brien, 1918-44).
Illustration by Robert Fuqua (1905-59; HERE).
First appearance: Amazing Stories, March 1943.
Reprinted in Amazing Stories Quarterly, Fall 1943.
Novelette (44 pages as a PDF).
Online at Roy Glashan's Library (RGL) (HTML HERE;
EPUB HERE).(Parental caution: Mild profanity.)
"The bigger the burg, the dumber the lambs."
Some lambs, though, aren't so easy to fleece . . .
~ Bert (the narrator):
"I was beginning to have ideas."
"Stop it, stop it. I hate to see a sharp mind like yours going to pieces this way!"
~ Nick Faroni:
"It's your business, Bert. I can't tell you anything about how to run it. You seem to be doing well enough. But—in Chicago, such a simple gag—"
~ Col. Amos Marsh:
"You see, suh, considering my age, and the probable number of years left to me, I estimated that I should need thirty or thirty-five thousand dollars to live out the rest of my life . . ."
- REFERENCES: ~ "They were about as big as a comptometer": "the first commercially successful key-driven mechanical calculator" (Wikipedia HERE).
~ "He didn't do anything according to Hoyle.": A reference to an English card sharp: "Edmond Hoyle was a writer best known for his works on the rules and play of card games. The phrase 'according to Hoyle' (meaning 'strictly according to the rules') came into the language as a reflection of his generally perceived authority on the subject; since that time, use of the phrase has expanded into general use in situations in which a speaker wishes to indicate
an appeal to a putative authority." (Wikipedia HERE).
ing techniques." (Wikipedia HERE).
~ "steamer trunks of the sort that spelled Rhett Butler": Maybe you've heard of him (Wiki-pedia HERE).
~ "It was like nothing Midas ever dreamed of.": The man with the golden touch (Wikipedia HERE).
to circulation during the war) was quoted at just six cents in gold, and fell further still." (Wikipedia HERE).