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"Recently," says a Richmond man, "I received an invitation to the
marriage of a young colored couple formerly in my employ. I am quite
sure that all persons similarly favored were left in little doubt as to
the attitude of the couple. The invitation ran as follows:
"You are invited to the marriage of Mr. Henry Clay Barker and Miss
Josephine Mortimer Dixon at the house of the bride's mother. All who
cannot come may send."--_Howard Morse_.
One day a Chinese poor man met the head of his family in the street.
"Come and dine with us tonight," the mandarin said graciously.
"Thank you," said the poor relation. "But wouldn't tomorrow night do
just as well?"
"Yes, certainly. But where are you dining tonight?" asked the mandarin
"At your house. You see, your estimable wife was good enough to give me
MARION (just from the telephone)--"He wanted to
know if we would go to the theater with him, and I said we would."
MADELINE--"Who was speaking?"
MARION--"Oh, gracious! I forgot to ask."
Little Willie wanted a birthday party, to which his mother consented,
provided he ask his little friend Tommy. The boys had had trouble, but,
rather than not have the party, Willie promised his mother to invite
On the evening of the party, when all the small guests had arrived
except Tommy, the mother became suspicious and sought her son.
"Willie," she said, "did you invite Tommy to your party tonight?"
"And did he say he would not come?"
"No," explained Willie. "I invited him all right, but I dared him to
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