Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas on June 22, 1971 · Page 4
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Garden City, Kansas
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Tuesday, June 22, 1971
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3 IMySi |W • doys per word MIH. choree ony oci (•t*c>i>j»i i • 21C <i*xu*t<9 > ») )* ewe Skip doy ods take one day rate, Effective November 1, 1970, Phone orders accepted if you. are listed in the phone book. Leu 10 per cent for cash In advance DIAL 276-3232 CLASSIFIED FOR WANT-ADS Deadline for day of publication Weekdays and Saturdays :00 a.m. The Telegram is responsible for only Incorrect insertion. Want Ad ClatiHicatloiu For Every Nectf NOTICES 10. Special Notices 11. Lost, Found, Strayed 12. Instruction 13. Card of Thanh EMPLOYMENT 20. MaU or Female Help 23. Situations Wanted SERVICES 28. Specialized Services AUCTIONS 29. Public Auction* MERCHANDISE 30. Miscellaneous H. Miscellaneous For Salt )2. Good Things To Eat 33. Want To Buy 34. Household Needs 35. Antiques 36. Wearing Apparel 37. Boats, Sporting Equip). 38. Musical Instruments 39. Tools and Equipment AGRICULTURE 45. Farmers Wants and Serv. 46. Farm Machinery 47. Livestock, Pets, Poultry 48. Seeds, Feeds INVESTMENTS 53. Business Opportunities AUTOMOTIVE 60. Autos and Trucks 61. Motorcycles, Bicycles 62. Campers, Trailers RENTALS 70. For Rent 71. Room and Board 72. Want To Rent REAL ESTATE 88. Real Estate 89. Farms, Lands, Ranches 90,, Mobilo Homes T0--Sp«cial Notices Garden Oily Residents If Your Telegram Doesn't Arrive by 5:30 p.m. Weekdays Please Call Your Carrier Or, Call 276-3232 between 5:30-6 p.m. weekdays For Your Paper Saturdays, call your carrier NEED IMMEDIATELY: 3 trucks, covered for hauling chopped al- 'alfa. Have a new Field Queen Hay Chopper. Have work all •iimmer, clear through ensilage cutting. Drinkers need not apply. Steady employment, plenty of work. Contact Don Cos, 376-4403, Tribune. —E26tf WANTED: TTEMAUE, over 25, for clerk in retail store. Permanent and full time. Reply Box E-961, c-o Telegram. - —iF23 KITCHEN HE1UP and waitresses for Pizza Hut. Apply in person to Tames Sutera, Chamber of Commerce Office. 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. —FS3 "HBLP" FOR Drug Users. 275-4222. 10 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Friday and •Saturday. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS meet- Ing every .Thursday g p.m. GAP- dendale Recreation Center. Call 2767011 or write P.O. Box .713. Air NON family group* every Monday 8 p.m. Gardendale Recreation Center. SALESMAN FOR leading construction line in Dodge City area, must >e aggressive .with advancement in mind. Knowledge of equipment die- sixed but not mandatory. Good salary, transportation furnished. Write Box 112, Dodge City, Kansas, or call week days 316-227-6181. —F22 20—Mole or Female Help TAKING- APPLICATIONS for ex perienced gas and diesel truck drivers',with class "A"' chauffeur license. Apply/;.in person at Smith Sand Co.; Inc.*. COOK NEEDED: Community Day Center, 3% hours,- 5 days' a week. Minimum wage. Health Certificate required. Call 275-4316 tor interview., • —iF24 WANTED: STEADY man, Irrigflit- ed farm. References. Phone B. E, Lakan, 355-6503 collect.—F22 EXPERIENCED OIL well serv ice floor handis. 276-21244. WANTED: FULLTIME service station employe. Experience preferred, but not necessary. Would prefer some mechanical ability. Writ* Box C-959 % Telegram. —F22 20—Male or Female Help 20—Male or Female Hefp NEED R.N. for Brtar Hill Manor. Call 276-7643 or 276-2720, —F30 CONTACT WORK Cired of trying to sell or starve? We paid salesman Mr. Bob Harris $571.00 in one week. Our essential business service makes every business and professional man • live prospect. You collect no money as w»- pay you in advance and customers pay us direct. No investment by you. Write Manager, Box 4117, Cleveland, Ohio, 44123. WANTED: ALL types of parttime help. Crystal's Cafe. 276-7313. —ElStf TAKING APPLICATIONS for kitchen help. No phone calls. Five Point Carry Out —FITtf NIGHT CAR hops and Insida help, 5-11. Apply in person. A & w Drive In. —F23 FRY COOK wanted; will train. Also need dishwasher. Apply in person at Coffee Ann. —F25 WANTED: MAN to work at milling and feeding. Send qualifications and references to Whltham Farms Feedyard, Leoti, Kansas. —F24 EXPERIENCED OFFICE worker; typing, accuracy and speed essential. Test given. Teletype experience desirable. Numerous employee benefits. Write Box D-980 c-o Telegram. —F22 23—Situations Wanted IRONINGS WANTED: also sewing, hems and mending. 275-56-14. —(F23 WILL DO babysitting. Call 27671253. —F22 28—Specialized Services FOR REMOIDiEUiNiG, repair, cabinet work, can WUlard V. Miller, 211s "C". 275-4563 afteir 6. evenings. —F28 back him up with a saying account SEMI-DRIVER for moving general contractors equipment. Permanent position. Only experienced persons -with good work record will be considered. Send resume to McBride and Dehmer Construction, P. O. Box 4046, Wichita, Kansas 67204. • —F24 COCKTAIL WAITRESSES wanted. Must be neat and attractive. Experience not necessary. Apply in person Club Paradox after 6:30. .., . —Flltf DISTRICT SALES MANAGER It would pay you to investigate this top-ineome-potential position. We are a TWO BILLION DOLLAR Mutual Fund and Life Insurance complex with over 300 offices coast-to-coast, now expanding. For complete information write In strict confidence to BOX NO. F962 */« Garden City Telegram ************ MARY LOU SCHAFFER KNOWS ABOUT OUR NEW MOBILE HOME PACKAGE POLICY Mary Lou is employed by the MILLER INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE AGENCY. She specializes in our new Mobile Home packag* policy. This special coverage has just been.add«d to the many coverages.vre have ro offer. This policy provides the maximum coverage for Mo- bile.Home Owners at the least possible cost. Call Mary Lou today, she will be more than happy to give you the details in our new package, policy. ^ ILLERlljJNSDRANCEl and REAL ESTATE KANSAS PLAZA 816-7696 Garden Ciiy, Kansas 67846 BUSINESS! DIRECTORY TU E W ... E J. HESE FRUNDLY MERCHANTS THEY ARE EQUIPPED AND READY,TO TAKE CARE Cf YOUR NEEDS * ACCOUNTING G & M ACCOUNTING Service. Free pick up and delivery. 203 N. 12th, Garden City. 275-5279. AUTOMOTIVE SERVICES MUFFLERS GUARANTEED for life at no extra cost. Quint Auto- motlve. 275-5332. * CARPETS KITCHEN - COMMERCIAL - feHAG all styles ol carpet. VUlereul Carpet Service. "Over 20 years experience." Call Izzy or Ceear, 2763939* * HEARING AIDS tn* Aid 278-8MK. * PAPER HANGING * SECURITY PATROL MERCHANTS SECURITY Police Phone 276-3328. Vacation aouae watch; guard eervice: business night oatroL * TRAVEL CENTER FOR AIR information and reservations, call Arnlta Sammon*, your travel agent, at 276-3731. TRAVEL SERVICE GUIDED TOURS. Eastern States Tour, August; Western State Tour, September. Sunflower Excursions, 276-2916. * WATER SOFTENERS RENT MIRACLE Water Softener*, option to buy. Competitive pricea. Farm. Nitrate teat 276.7346. WELDING SERVICE ALL.TYPEB custom welding serv- loev,day and night. Call collect, 316-62i-$i81, Liberal, Kansas. 2S—Specialized Services A NEW SERVICE AT .(BHiniTDgF AUTO aUKCTIMC *X We can Wash and Recondition large farm and industrial type paper air cleaner elements WANTED: ONiE adult bicycle. 3768241, extension 69 or 276-3492, —-F23 30—MlteefloneM GARAGE SALE: Clothes, hand, !awn mower, Bi< ceMamieoua. Wednesday tL_. IMday l - 7. All day Saturday. E. Campbell. —F25 FOR SALE: Red worms and African crawlers. 275-5314. 624 W. Emerson. —D9tf 5,000 ETU AIR CONDITIONER. $99.93. Firestone Stow. 611 Bast Fulton. 276-7653. —F25 FISH BAIT: worm*, chicken livers and other baits; also have fish- Ing supplies. Schultz 66. Lakln, Kansas. —E7tf GOOD WATER air conditioner. Like mew. 426-7172, Deemfleld. . —>F24 GARAGE SALE: Window screens, utility, tray, electric lawn mower. Wednesday and Thursday, 9-5. 1708 Center. —F23 FOR BALE: 1»71 Singer Touch and Sew. Will wind bobbin In machine. Full balance $89.51 or easy payments. Machine used only 2 months. Phone 276-8TO1. —F24 NEW SET of Encyclopedia Britan- iriea. Never used, etill in cartons. 276^2803. —F24 23" COLOR CONSOLE, repossessed. $289.95, Firestone Store. 611 Ealst Fulton. 276-7662. FOR SALE; Exquisite linen and lace embroidered banquet tablecloth and napkins e»t, 70" x 104". White, never been used, Imported £rom Hong Kong. $40.00. Mrs. Galen Flora, 276-7980. —F23 SEVERAL PARTY garag* sale. Tools, paint, plants, good clothing, Avons, dishes, antiques, cast Iron, stands, miscellaneous. All clay Wednesday and Thursday. 307 N.Sth. —F23 your son be one of the few of his high school graduating class who .will go on college? Start saving for lis future education. Open an account today! EQUITY FEDERAL CREDIT UNION 101 N. 6th 276-7955 KIRBY VACUUM CO. * , SEWING CENTER KIRBY VACUUM SWEEPERS SINGER & NECCHI SEWING MACHINES Service-Repair on All Makes I Blk. N. 5 Points on 83 Tommy Graves ' 276-6476 WHEAT TOCUT? W« h«v« the following Used Combines 1969 95D 20' $9200 1969 950 19* $8400 1961 105 22' $3750 W» also have a .good selection of new 6600, 7700 com* jines ready for harvest! AMERICAN IMPLEMENT W. Highway 50 275-4II4 31—.MisettllancoiK For Sal* EVERYTHING FOB the amateur wlnemaker and brewmaster. Ted'« Market, 611 N. 4th Street. —F28 32—Good Things To lot BROASTED CHICKEN! Rodericks Drive In (Formerly th« Cr««-Mt»). 33—Want To Buy FOR SALE: Furniture and appliance business in local city. For more information, write P.O. Box 415, Garden City, Kansas. —F22 34—Household Needs REPOSSESSED SPEED Queen wash-eir and dryer. Washer— $139.95. dryer — SU9.95. Firestone Stores, 611 East Fulton. 276-7652. —F25 FOR SALE: 65 Potntiac Oatailina. Air conditioned, power brakes and ateertngf. Call • 276-84-28 after 1966 MUSTANG-. GOOD condition, 4-speed, new tires, 411 rear end, 289 engine. 276-2043. —F22 1969 KKRtBY VACUUM cleaner. Full balance $61.42 or easy payments/ Phone 276-8761. —F24 PORTABLE WASHING machine — good shape, $16. 276-7346. —F22 WING Oil Tanned. Brown Neoprene Crepe Sole. Ste«l Arch. $24.95 AA to D Sizes to 14 Downstairs at the BQOTERIE 'Open Thursday till 8:00 38—Musical Instruments FOR SALE: Triple stack custom amp 200 series Gibson bass Guitar, Gibson ES 335 guitar. Balance of payments. Cecil Lorimar, 8725146 or 813 Elizabeth, Scott Olty. : • -F26' 45—Formers Wants ft Serv. FREE ANIMAL removal. Call Jayhawk Rendering, Inc. 376-8711. —C26tf Dp curtpm hay balln*. Wire A- 1>.Fulton, —E17tf FOR .SALE: pm» 2,000 ljushel capacity steel bin; three 1,000 bushel capacity Bteel bins. 2TO-7345. 46—Fqrm MocMmry TWO 1966 *10 Massey Ferguson 2SP ia S* .*** finished Oku£ USED BLiAOK and white TV, priced to seE, Only $18.95. Firestone Stare, 611 East Fulton. 276-7652. —F25 WE HAVE \several used International. Maaaey, miscellaneous riding lawn tractors. American Implement. . —F24 25% OFF ON all gift Itsms, «ome marked even lower. Wren's Camera and OWfts, 211 N. Main. —F33 STNXSER TOUCH and TOW BewJng machine, equipped to zip-zas button holes, etc. Guaranteed. Bal- sr j" 1 or SLIGHTLY FREKWTT damaged, new 1971 zig-zag sewing machine. New Machine guarantee. Regular $129.95, now only $51.25. Call 2TC- 27-47. —F22 1964 TANDEM FORD.truck vUh 18 ft, box and hoist; ready to go, ^,300. water cooler |^, ice maker refrigerator $125, Hoeme chisel with hydraulic $135. 376-7343 —F24 USED COMBINES 1970 A-C 20 Ft. G Dias«l $10,500 19-69 A-C 20 Ft. G Diesel $10,000 1969 A-C 20 Ft. G Diesel $9,500 1969 A-C 20 Ft. G Ga» or Lf» 1968 A-C 20 Ft. G Gas or IP $8,250 1967 A-C 18 Ft. Cll Gas $5,000 1967 AC 18 Ft. Cll Gat $4,250 1958 A-C 14 Ft. A Gas $1,500 I only new carryover 1970 A-C 20 Ft. Diesel $12,250.00 Kalvesta Implement Co. Kalvesta, Kansas Ph. 855-3567 32—Good Things To Eat FIVE POINTS Bakery, Cake Headquarters. Wedding, birthday, all occasions — all sizes. Open Sunday — closed Monday. 376-2851. —F23 SPECIAL THIS WEEK for all makes of cars '•' Front-End Alignment and Vacation Safety Check $7.95 Includes checking the following items and setting caster, camber and toe-in on th» front wheels. 5 K-i' 1 "I'^'L !nelU j*' ?" labor lhown ' Pirf «- "•t-'W, fluids or additional labor ordered are extra. C4) « ' " ion poor ball joints for propw tension .oil springs for sagging .control arm shaft bushings for wear stabilizar for tightness BRAKES (pull one wheel to check following) lining for wwar drum for scoring and wear wheel cylinder for leaks springs weak or broken seals for eaks bearings for lubrication and wear master cylinder for leaks and fluid level LI0HTS hwadlamps check for sale stop/tail lights park/direction signal STEERING for wear and looseness tie rod ends for wear idler arm <MI'i»k pitman arm WHEEL ALIGNMENT/BALANCE , Set, camber, caster, toe-in for proper steering control . (wander) and tire .wear . Spin-test front wheels for balance ', for leaks, broken mounting, pressure test radiator tnd cap for Teaks hoses for leaks and condition b«lts for wear and tension * OILCHANGE SPECIAL Any make car: 4 quart* of 20 weight oil (I brands from which to choose)—labor included . 99c Similar savings on 5 quart changes or 10/30 or 10/40 oil * . * * * * •• * • Ask About Our Air Conditioning Special Tailored To Your Car SCHRiEIBERMOTORS 515 N. Main 6-3216 Chevrolet-Olds-Cadillae campers—EIDorado, Open Road Coachmen-trailers I°6S 95 John Dear* Diesel $7,350 1967 95 John Deere Gas $6,150 405.661-3555 After 7:00 pirn. 661-2715 GARY VAUSHAN Thomas, Oklahoma BUTLER AGRI-PRODUCTS •nrflMni yen neeil-ifMm art tHcWiia aeerce. ninalnt as«MaiMe.fnlce«Mrae- BOB, *lni(fMiKce raspoMlMIHr. 47 WESTERN STEEL ....,& AUTOMATION East Highway 50 Next to Ray's Truck r Poultry S A 1 -' E: temaite DOQ8 GROOMKb promMonatly — poodles. achnauzen. terrlewL efoen. By *Dpolntment, 376-^37!^ in S : 10 head of roping, out- barrel racing horses ^' ^WTOrtaT Koasas. 855-3590. — F22 «•—Seeds, Feed* HYBRZD MXLO seed, $3 or less per bag. 276-7346. —F22 53—lnslitess Opportunities FOR LEASE: Shamrock service station on West Kan.ia.9 Avenue, [Jard«n City. Excellent opportunity for aggressive person wanting to get into an independent service station. (Ml 913-638-1091. —Gl 60—Aiitos and Tracks 6:00. -F24 FOR SALE: 1962 Chevy 4-dr. Cheap. Gail 376-8343. —F23tf FOR SALE: 19S6 Chevrolet truck. 2 ton, 133" -Wheel base. 292 ca. in., 4-spe«cl with 2 speed rear end. New front tires. Call 276-2013 after 6 p.m. . . —*F22 TWO Ii969 FORD pickups. Good coiwiiltion, below wholesale, 426- 81M., Dewfieidi. —F23 1939 CHEVY COUPE. New paint and interior. Souped-ap enprlns. Call 276--8128. —F23 FOR SALE; Nice clean 1967 Mustang. Make otter olr -will trade. 276-3018. . —F23 I BURTIS MOTOR USED CAR LOT is open evenings 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. • 6:00 p.m. Saturday BURTIS USED CAR LOT 12th & Kansas 276-2331 41—Motorcycles, licycles 1971 HONDA 350 SL-K. Call 2766083 after 6:00. —F24 GIRL'S 20" BIKE. Has basfeet »nd punctuiwiprowt tinea. 276i2759. —F22 FOR SALE: 1971 Honda 350 Motor sport. 1400 mile's. Excellent condition. $760. 275-5743. —F26 1971 HONDA 100 SL GaH 276-8127 or 907 N. 12th. -KJ* 42—Campers, Trailers W-W STOCK ft HORSE TRAILERS Also goose neck trailers. All primed and have 2 coats of baked on enamel, fine selection en hand. Scott City Trailer Sales H. J. Schwanke, 872-3131 L E. Tedford. 171-2232 STARCRAFT FODDDOWN camp- Ing trailers, also for •pickups. Garden City Ice Co. We win trade. —E3tl MAKE RESERVATIONS now for Winnebago Motor Home rental. What a way to go on your trip or vacation! -Call Ha\ney Bros., 2235452 or see at 205 E. Trail, Cod, City, Kansas. —F KAMPKRAPT CAMPER for rent by week. 376-8120 or 276-7641. -F28 70—for Rent BUSINESS BUILDING for rent, approximately 30 x 40 ««et. Inquire Soutihside Repair, 283 Highway. —F25 OFFICE SPACE tor rent at Kansas It Fleming. 275-5730 or 2767975. —ETtf BACHELOR APARTMENT — OOB- Tonlent. downtown, furnished or unfurni*h«d, ntillUca paid, nwU eervice. Warren Hotel 276-323L -GStl MOBILE . SPACES avai)abl« East, % South. W6-3618. ' • —F23 SLEEPING ROOM, private entrance. 619 N. Main. —F23 UNFURNISHED 2-BEDROOM $80 monthly. Available August 1 or sooner. Northeast. Write P.O. Box 244, Garden City. —F26 FURNISHED ONE bedroom apartment. Located at 212 Davis. Contact Wheat Land Motel. —F21tf 72—Wont To Rent WANT TO rent nice small' apartment for single girl within walking distance of St. Catherine Hospital. Call 276-8241. —iF22 88—Real Estate v TWO UN IT. Beauty Shop. and Three Bedroom , 'house for sale. 276-7725 indictad -WAREHOUSE CHARGES tM$ ,f irm wl " " for ' . following .1972. Grains other than CCC^ support program . for the period Jun* I, I97l,^o M^'Xl, 1972. Kind of .Grain All grains <«xcept oats, soybeans * corn) Receiving Chg. Leading Chg. Storage Truck Rail ^ Tfiick' : Rail Per Diem 1: ' * 2t> " 4.50 2.00 2.50 2.50 .040 .033 Corn ft Soybeans 4.50 2.00 3.00 3.00 .040 .033 Oats 4.50 2.00 2.50 2.50 .031 .024 II. Storage charg.j for calendar year of deposit and next succeed- ing'calendar year. ' • : 2. Storage charges for ensuing calendar years. With the approval of the director of the Kansas State Grain Inspection Department and with the proper publishing in th» local newspaper of general circulation, this firm reserves the right te change his schedule of charges at any time during the above mentioned'period. • ' If the grain is purchased by the warehouseman thw receiving and loading charges may be waived.' C-G-F GRAIN CO., INC. Garden City, Kansas ' \ 8«—Real Estate LOW DOWN PAYMENT 1404 E. Laurel . only closing costs to veteran buyer. 1601 Bancroft - 3 bedroom, attached garage, l| bath, excellent financing available. PRESTIGE HOME At 2320 N. 3rd St. Over 1,800 sq. ft. of living area, plus full basement and double car garage. Under $35,000. 88—Real Estate JUST LISTED 3 bedroom up and rec room and bedroom in finished basement. Attached garage, fenced back yard. $21,900. DON TALLEV Realtor 1021 Fleming 275-5730 276-7975 275-5351 (Michel) (Hamann) 276-817S (Vaughn) Member Multi-List LOTS OF ROOM At a price you can afford to pay 3 8ft, att. garage, birch cabinets, on a nice corner lot. JTJACK NEAR \ LOOKING for a location outside lh« city limits. W* have 3-acres East of Garden City. IN GARDEN CITY 3 bedroom-basement - carpet. 2 bedroom - basement - carpet > garage. HOUSES -> Buy—Sell—Trad* Howard B. Smith Agency 123 West Laurel 276-7741 Evenings 276-3675 NORTH MAIN STREET Building site, 75'xl50', good -for speculative building or your own home. Lots like this are scarce. The price is only $1,500. Out telephone number is listed below. Call us. SCOTT REALTOR! 276-3630 Mil Grant Evenings Jack 276-6723 Joa 276-8619 member of multi-list THREE .BEDROOM h»m« at «dge of city limtta. Has rent property to make payments. 276-2462. —F26 V f Only At Keller-Leopold 3 IR, larga Icitehan, central air, •ft. garaga, 6% int. 1211 Ridgewood. tR, larga livingroom, fireplaca, central air, family room, 2 car gar- aga. 601 Edwardi. 42x82 ihop bldg on } acre. W«st Highway 50. Split (aval S BR, 4 car garnge, 2 acres. Keller - Leopold Agency 120 Grant Avenue 276-7671 Evenings 275-5384 and 276-2544 SUPER Three bedroom brick—17' garaga. Beautifully fenced yard.^Has L;R. fireplac«, all kitchen built-ins, I £ baths and central air. Drive by 1717 Old Manor, then call us to sea. Three bedroom brick full basement at corner of Main and Johnson. Good school location. Just call— We'll show. -Srtnerton 1507 E. Fulton 276-9278 After Houri Cad Howard 276-1171 Tom 275-5298 Harry 276-2076 Clyde 2*6-3644 "MEMBER MULTI-LIST" MINI-RANCHOS East—1400 sq. ft. ranch styla on 2 acres. • . East—2000 HI. ft. 5 Bdm on 2 •eras, .. Holcomb--4 8dm, dbl. gar, large 190' lot. 317 N.75 St. Bj 6-8442 «Eim.6H 6-3117 Stuart 5-4322 Nelson 6-7388 Meinert 6-794» — Larson 4-2681 member multi-list RARE OFFERING 2-badroom brick house, with two extra bedrooms in the finished basement, Central Air, larg* recreation (oom on ground floor, 3 baths, fenced in yard. NEED A SHOP AND A -"• 2-BEDROOM HOME Lovely 2-bedroom brick home. Over 21 feet of built-in kitchen. I * \ bath, full basement, central air, dining area. Attached garage and. detached garage and shop 26'x30' is finished and has a bath in garage. Good northeast loca. tion. Priced to sell. CAMPBELL Abstract & Insurance Co., Inc. Homer Campbell Gal* Squitr . •hone 276-3352 or 276-844V Memb.r of Mult! List • ON. Mail Charles Hagar 276-7104 V. *»mber multMlsf 90—Mobile Homes FOR 8AI.E: 1968 12 x 64 Skyline. Call 276-7728. —F34 Tower of Pisa Climb Frightening BY PATRICK O'KEEPE Associated Press Writer PISA, Italy (AP) - I recently climbed the Leaning Tower of Pisa. It was a frighrt- eninig experience. Perhaps you think that the principal concern in an art- minded tourist's brain as h« winds ibis way up the tower's 250 steps and ventures out onto its porches would be how to help save the tower from collapsing. . Well, not for this tourist. If it toppled, the eight-story medieval monument would land squarely in front of the G. Bar- S'anti & Sons alabaster souvenirs shop on the corner of Via Santa Mania and Piazza del Duomo. Alberto Barsanti, 64, whose greait-gireat grandfather put the stoop, there in 1834 with full' knowledge of how the tower was leaning, is not worried. "The tower hasn't fallen yet," ihe reasons, '*airad so it probably won't ever fall." Whether you agree with Bair- santi or not is purely academic When you staat climbing that tower. The sheer slant .of the thing is soary. And, looking up, you notice that the six galleries have no guard rails to keep you from falling off. It even costs money to run this absurd risk, about 30 U.S. cento. The tower, which dates to 1173 land usually is blamed on on* Bonianno Pisano, architect, hats no elevator 'but the climb irtself isn't too exhausting. It's the view from those, galleries that makes your heart race. The first two weren't bad. .1 walked out with cocky confidence and waved to the passers-by below, who did not wave back. This was no doubt because ,it!heiy werei Pisans, not tourists. Stepping out on • the fourth gaflery, I began, to quiver. One good wind, one mistep and I might slide right off the edge five feet away.' The red-tiled iroofs of * thousania Pisa houses, the. domes of the Pisa cathedral and baptistry were some consolation. The uh<charming asphalt below was not. By the time I reached tthe sixth and filial gallery. The periphery of Pisa, and distant mountains swam into vision. The wind was nothing more than, a butterfly's flutter but suddenly it felt like a storm. I clung to the jamb of th* doorway. , With what I felt to be considerable daring, I finally got my feet to move a couple of steps toward the upside; I noticed that, driven by the reckless impulse of love, some Italians had .walked around that side too and scribbled on . the pillar* such lines as "Giuseppe and Maria forever." I never did go the downsids route of gallery six. But I peeked that way and noticed that amorous scribblings on pil- lairs were scarce. Back down to eautih, Prof. Piero OaseUi, secretary-general of Pisa's art treasury committee, admitted that once every couple of years someone < plunges from the tower. But he paid the police always rule it a suicide. "We've never lost a tourist," Oasell said, A helicopter once hauled an entire prefabiloated restaurant to; * resort on a mountain in New Jersey. •

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