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A Weeks Liberty In Mississippi

Image used under a Collective Commons License from U.S. Navy ship 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 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 officers. They should arrive at 8pm prepared for an evening of polite southern conversation and dancing with lovely young ladies. One last point: No Mexicans. We don’t like Mexicans”.

Sure enough, on Thursday evening at precisely 8pm, 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 make mistakes”.

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