Jokes for all occasions: tact

The senator from Utah was able to disarm by flattery the resentment of a woman at a reception in Washington, who upbraided him for that plurality of wives so dear to Mormon precept and practice.

“Alas, madam,” the senator declared with a touch of sadness in his voice, “we are compelled in Utah to marry a number of wives.”

His fair antagonist was frankly surprised.

“What do you mean?” she demanded.

The senator explained suavely:

“We have to seek there in several women the splendid qualities that here are to be found in one.”