National Affairs: Circus in Manhattan

The procedure of befuddling a speak-easy visitor and inducing him to sign checks, often raised later, is known in the underworld as "giving him the circus." Circus victims, part of whose money goes to the taxicab driver who steers them to the evil retreat, are usually so ashamed of themselves afterward that they fail to report to the police. This racket, Police Commissioner Edward P. Mulrooney told the New York Bond Club two months ago, is one which the police are particularly anxious to stamp out. His speech did not fall on entirely...

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