Southern Party with Navy Officers

A US Navy cruiser pulled into port in Mississippi for a week’s
shore leave. The first evening, the Captain was more than a
little surprised to receive the following letter from the wife
of a wealthy plantation owner:

“Dear Captain,

Thursday will be my daughter, Melinda’s, coming of age party. I
would like you to send four well-mannered, handsome, unmarried

They should arrive at 8 p.m. prepared for an evening of polite
southern conversation and dance with lovely young ladies. One
last point: No Mexicans. We don’t like Mexicans.”

Sure enough, at 8:00 PM on Thursday, the lady heard a rap at the
door which she opened to find, in dress uniform, four
exquisitely mannered, smiling BLACK officers. Her jaw hit the
floor, but pulling herself together she stammered, “There must
be some mistake!”

“Madam,” said the first officer, “Captain Martinez doesn’t make