|A U.S. Navy cruiser pulled into port in Mississippi for a week's
liberty. The first evening, the Captain was more than a little
surprised to receive the following letter from the wife of a wealthy
"Dear Captain, Thursday will be my daughter Melinda's, coming of age
party. I would like you to send four well mannered, handsome,
unmarried officers. 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 p.m. on Thursday, the lady heard a rap at the
door. She opened the door 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!"
"On no, madam," said the first officer, "Captain Martinez doesn't
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