This turned out be amusing. I borrowed it from Charlie.
a) pick up a book which is the closest to you at the moment
b) open page 123
c) find the third sentence
d) post it in your Live Journal (plus the instructions)
e) don’t choose the book, just pick up the one closest to you
“Mackay later maintained that Coolidge and Waterbury had first led him to believe that the Bell System was to be handed to him virtually on a platter, and had later gone back on their promise; at all events, the Morgan emissaries, temporarily abandoning the dream of consolidation, went forward with a plan to gain domination of AT&T without Mackay’s help.”
Per Gil’s adjustment in the comments, this is from John Brooks, Telephone: The First Hundred Years.