National Affairs: LAST DANCE AT THE ROSE ROOM

This is the final act of a tawdry drama played to the music of a jazz band last week in the Rose Room dance hall in Oakland, Calif. It shows a taxi dancer who was shot as she danced, and slumped to the floor, dying. Dark-haired Violet Watson, 35, wife of an Air Force sergeant, had been dancing for two hours with a 56-year-old steady customer who had bought a fat roll of tickets. Another taxi dancer overheard them quarreling: the man begged Violet to run away with him. When she refused, he fired a pistol from his pocket and escaped...

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