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## THE SPANISH MISER.

(

Money Puzzles)

There once lived in a small town in New Castile a noted miser named Don

Manuel Rodriguez. His love of money was only equalled by a strong

passion for arithmetical problems. These puzzles usually dealt in some

way or other with his accumulated treasure, and were propounded by him

solely in order that he might have the pleasure of solving them himself.

Unfortunately very few of them have survived, and when travelling

through Spain, collecting material for a proposed work on "The Spanish

Onion as a Cause of National Decadence," I only discovered a very few.

One of these concerns the three boxes that appear in the accompanying

authentic portrait.

Each box contained a different number of golden doubloons. The

difference between the number of doubloons in the upper box and the

number in the middle box was the same as the difference between the

number in the middle box and the number in the bottom box. And if the

contents of any two of the boxes were united they would form a square

number. What is the smallest number of doubloons that there could have

been in any one of the boxes?

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