Like student managers before a big football game, hundreds of citizens toiled last week to prepare San Francisco for the world security conference three weeks hence. Treasury procurement agents rounded up 20 carloads of desks, 400 typewriters with French, Spanish and Russian keyboards, cartons of pens, pencils, binders and ink bottles. Police departments in New York, Chicago and New Orleans picked detectives to prowl San Francisco looking for New York, Chicago and New Orleans crooks. San Francisco hotelmen sweated at the thankless job of shooing guests out.

But none assumed their tasks with more gravity than San Francisco's restaurant owners—who must...

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