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A favour returned
When the Maharajah of Merchandani was taken suddenly ill during a holiday in England he was attended by a young locum filling in for the Wimpole Street surgeon. The Maharajah's appendix was deftly removed and the patient was beaming.
"You saved my life," he said to the young man.
"Whatever you want shall be yours."
"It was quite simple really," protested the young surgeon.
"But I am a rich man, I insist," said the princely patient.
"Well, I'd love a new set of matched golf clubs," the young doctor admitted.
"Consider it done," came the stately reply.
The surgeon forgot all about this grand promise until some weeks later when he received this cable:
HAVE YOUR CLUBS BUT SADLY ALL NOT MATCHED STOP FOUR DO NOT HAVE SWIMMING POOLS STOP