" 'Mr. Tubbs,' said he, 'you're an honest man and a good fellow. You trusted me when I appeared penniless, but I deceived you. I am really one of the genii, of whom, perhaps, you have read, and lineally descended from those who guarded Solomon's seal. Instead of making you wait for your pay, I will recompense you on the spot, either in money or----'
" 'Or what? asked the astonished tailor.
" 'Or I will grant the first wish that may be formed in your mind. Now choose.'
"Thomas did not take long to choose. His charge would amount to but a few dollars, while he might wish for a million. He signified his decision.
" 'Perhaps you have chosen wisely,' said his visitor. 'But mind that you are careful about your wish. You may wish for something you don't want.'
" 'No fear of that,' said the tailor cheerfully.
" 'At any rate, I will come this way six months hence, and should you then wish to be released from the consequences of your wish, and to receive instead the money stipulated as the price of the suit, I will give you the chance.'
"Of course, Thomas did not object, though he considered it rather a foolish proposition.