dance halls aren’t what they used to be–1882

As I was searching through the microfilm archives for the announcement of Miguela Bottger’s first marriage in 1882, I came across this gem from the Albuquerque Morning Journal, March 24, 1882, p. 4:

“A lot of dance hall girls came down last night from Las Vegas [New Mexico] to re-open the new town dance hall.  As they are not overly attractive in appearance, and as the ten dollars license will have to be forthcoming before the music starts up, the hall is not likely to remain open for long.  This sort of thing doesn’t pay as well as it used to.”