SHOW BUSINESS: End of the Trail

Under the big tent in Burbank, Calif, an audience of 1,200 waited impatiently for the circus to start. Finally the ringmaster made an announcement. Clyde Beatty's Circus, the No. 2 big topper in the U.S. (after Ringling Bros, and Barnum & Bailey), had come to the end of the tanbark trail. It was closing. As the audience filed out, roustabouts dismantled the show for the last time.

Bad luck had dogged Beatty's blue-and-orange, 15-car show train from the time it rolled out of winter quarters at Deming, N. Mex. in March. Fighting...

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