AMUSEMENTS: Night Life Blighted

In Washington, one nightclub operator gloomed: "This is the beginning of the end for some nightclubs — for me it's al ready the end." Then he closed up. The new 30% tax was too much for him. In San Francisco, 31 nightspots closed, or got out from under the tax by firing floor shows and dance bands. In Philadelphia, 16 clubs did the same. Another 86 followed suit in Manhattan. In Cleveland, 15 locked their doors.

Although swank establishments like Manhattan's Stork Club were self-consciously unaffected, the real or fancied complaints of what the month-old tax was doing to...

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