I guess I should provide a bit of background. This ran on the front page of The Cincinnati Post on April 8, 1925. Houdini is holding a certified check for $5000 as a challenge to local medium, Mrs. Laura A. Pruden, to demonstrate genuine spiritualistic phenomena. Houdini said, "Mrs. Pruden told me she was too busy housecleaning to give me a seance, so I offered $5000 as a special inducement."
Mrs. Pruden (wisely) declined.