Circuses: Past Tents

Last week, just as sure as daffodils, the circus opened in Manhattan's Madison Square Garden. It was Ringling Bros, and Barnum & Bailey's 92nd spring. The ringmaster's "Children of all ages . . ." invocation was the same, but it was obvious that things had changed.

Gone is the sawdust; rubber matting is much easier to put down and neater to take up in the auditoriums where the tentless circus now plays. The freaks are still there in the sideshow, but it is considered discriminatory to call them by that name any longer,...

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