July 25th, 2010 11:08 EST
Melinda's Debutante Ball
A U.S. Navy cruiser was anchored in Mississippi for a week`s shore leave.
The first evening, the ship`s Captain received the following note from the wife of a wealthy plantation owner:
`Dear Captain: Thursday will be my daughter Melinda`s Debutante Ball. I would like you to send four well mannered, handsome, unmarried officers in their formal dress uniforms to attend the dance.
They should arrive promptly at 8:00 PM prepared for an evening of polite Southern conversation. They should be excellent dancers, as they will be the escorts of lovely refined young ladies. One last point: No Jews please.`
8:00 PM on Thursday, Melinda`s mother heard a polite rap at the door which she opened to find, in full dress uniform, four smiling black officers. Her mouth fell open, but pulling herself together, she stammered, `There must be some mistake.`
`No, Madam,` said the first officer.
`Captain Goldberg never makes mistakes.`