A mistake by one party in the statement of the price, which mistake is not known to the other, does not affect the validity of the contract formed by the acceptance of the offer as made.40

Of course, if the acceptance varies from the terms of the offer, there is no contract. Thus, where, by mistake of a telegraph clerk, an offer is wrongly transmitted, and is accepted as altered, it has been held that the offeror is not bound.41 So if the price is stated in such terms that the offeree understands it as for one quantity, while the offeror means it in another, the parties are never ad idem.42 The effect of such mistake is merely to show that there was no contract, because of the failure of the minds of the parties to meet.

38 Sherwood v. Walker, 66 Mich. 568, 83 N. W. 919, 11 Am. St Rep. 531. See "Sales," Dec. Dig. (Key-No.) § 86; Cent. Dig. §§ 63, 64.

39 Newton v. Tolles, 66 N. H. 136, 19 Atl. 1092, 9 L. R. A. 50, 49 Am. St. Rep. 593. As to mistake as to quantity of land, and relief in equity, see Paine v. Upton, 87 N. T. 327, 41 Am. Rep. 371; Miller v. Craig, S3 Ky. 623, 4 Am. St. Rep. 179; Pratt v. Bowman, 37 W. Va. 715, 17 S. E. 210; Hill v. Buckley, 17 Ves. 394; Rogers v. Pattie, 96 Va. 498, 31 S. E. 897; Bingham v. Madison, 103 Tenn. 358, 52 S. W". 1074, 47 L. R. A. 267. See "Vendor and Purchaser," Dec. Dig. (Key-No.) §§ 31, 108; Cent. Dig. §§ 55-57.

40 Steinmeyer v. Schroeppel, 226 I11. 9, 80 N. E. 564, 10 L. R. A. (N. S.) 114, 117 Am. St. Rep. 224; Brown v. Levy, 29 Tex. Civ. App. 389, 69 S. W. 255; Tatum v. Coast Lumber Co., 16 Idaho, 471, 101 Pac. 957, 23 L. R. A. (N. S.) 1109. See "Sales," Dec. Dig. (Key-No.) § 36; Cent. Dig. §§ 63, 64.

41 Henkel v. Pape, L. R. 6 Exch. 7; Pegram v. Telegraph Co., 100 N. C. 28, 6 S. E. 770, 6 Am. St. Rep. 557; Pepper v. Telegraph Co., 87 Tenn. 554, 11 S. W. 783, 4 L. R. A. 660, 10 Am. St. Rep. 699. Some courts, however, hold the contrary, on the ground that the telegraph company, being selected by the proposer, is his agent, and that he and not the other party should suffer loss from the error. His remedy is against the telegraph company if it was negligent. See Western Union Tel. Co. v. Shotter, 71 Ga. 760; Ayer v. Telegraph Co., 79 Me. 493, 10 Atl. 495, 1 Am. St Rep. 353. And see Durkee v. Railroad Co., 29 Vt 127; Anheuser-Busch Brewing Ass'n v. Hutmacher, 127 I11. 652, 21 N. E. 626, 4 L. R. A. 575; Howley v. Whipple, 48 N. H. 487; Save-land v. Green, 40 Wis. 431; Barons v. Brown, 25 Kan. 410. See "Contracts," Dec. Dig. (Key-No.) § 93; Cent. Dig. §§ 1,15-419.