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The Salina Journal Sunday, March 31,1985 Page 38 Jet-age Swiss Family Robinson finds idyllic life on isle POHNPEI, Micronesia (AP) — When the Nahnmwarki of Uh comes calling, the giant crabs are in the pot, and the perfume of the ylang- ylang creeps over their hilltop home, Bob and Patti Arthur know they have found that "better way" they were looking for. "It's not easy but it's nice," he says. No, she says, "it's paradise." For 14 years, these ex-Californians have lived out a fantasy that Walter Mittys only dream, setting up house and holding court on a lost, lovely little South Seas isle. They are a jet-age Swiss Family Robinson, slicing through thick jungle and mastering village poli- . tics, dining by flashlight and splashing through tropical downpours, bringing up their boys in a sometimes dangerous world of sharks, stingrays and winsome island beauties. Through it all the transplanted Americans have mellowed into middle age and become skilled ho- telkeepers, making their remote hilltop "Village" a favored way-station for Pacific travelers. Above all, Bob and Patti Arthur .have gotten away, thrown off what they consider the pointless pressures of modern American life. Mrs. Arthur explained it to a visitor this way: •y "We were set — a house on the beach near L.A., two cars, an airplane, a boat.... But we just thought there must be a better way of doing things." And a better place. Pohnpei, lying in the western Pacific 3,000 miles southwest of Hawaii, is a place of misty volcanic mountains and rainbow-touched lagoons, the kind of island whose flowery scent sometimes reaches seafarers long before its peaks rise into view. "It was love at first sight," the lanky, low-key Arthur recalled of his first landing here aboard a seaplane in 1970. Actually, the Arthurs' quest had begun two years earlier, when he gave up his job as a successful Los Angeles product designer and, with three small children, moved south to the Honduran island of Roatan to try to make a go of shark-fishing with a friend. Arthur was 37, his wife 31. "Essentially we dropped out," she said. But Roatan life was limited and sharks "not that lucrative," Arthur said. He went island-hopping in the Pacific in search of a new home. He discovered that Pohnpei, one of the Micronesian islands controlled by the United States as a U.N. trust territory, needed a hotel. "He talked me into this nutty idea," said Mrs. Arthur. "I said, 'We don't know anything about hotels,' and he said, 'That's the beauty of it!'" He found the ideal site — the spine of a hill that juts out into Pohnpei's turquoise lagoon, a half-hour ride up a muddy dirt road from tiny Kolonia, the island's central town. It took six years to finally open The Village, a trying period during which the Arthurs had to win over local landowners and island leaders to the idea, raise capital, and then oversee construction of 21 "ihmws," the thatched-roof, hillside bungalows that make up their unconventional hotel. They clearly succeeded: The Nahnmwarki of Uh, traditional potentate of the local Pohnpeian clans, sat on their first board of directors. And by 1983 an international travel newsletter had chosen their Village as one of its "Hideaways of the Year." The Arthurs, their children, a 150- pound Irish wolfhound and a pride of housecats live in two large ihmws atop the hill. The setting is Eden-like — bright- colored lorikeets fly among breadfruit trees, the ylang-ylang and other tropical blossoms scent the pathways, the sun sets spectacularly beyond Sokehs Rock, Pohnpei's Gibraltar. Life in paradise can be inconvenient. Patti Arthur must plan meals three months in advance — except for plate-sized mangrove crabs and a few other local products, food comes by ship from the United States. Power outages are regular; the telephone system is not. Vehicles deterioriate quickly in the salty, humid air. "You have to learn to adapt, be flexible," Arthur said. "Everything we do we have to learn." , The greatest thing they learned from island life, said Mrs. Arthur, Bob and Patti Arthur run the Village Hotel in a tropical island paradise. is that "people depend on people.... Family is most important." Their eldest sons, Peter, 24, and James, 20, grew up as island boys, swimming in stingray-infested mangrove swamps, learning to spot fish and speak Pohnpeian like natives, and in the end marrying island girls. Peter now is building a thatch- and-wood house nearby for his new family. James and his wife live on the hill. The Arthurs' 22-year-old daughter and 16-year-old adopted son work and study in Hawaii, planning eventually to come home to Pohnpei. In 14 years, the Arthurs have returned to California only three Fragrant clove smoke permeates Indonesia JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — If a country can boast a unique national fragrance, Indonesia's would be the aromatic smell of burning cloves. The smell is accompanied by a soft snap and crackle as smokers puff on kreteks — cigarettes laced with cloves. Sweet and spicy cigarette smoke greets visitors shortly after they clear immigration and customs; the sometimes-cloying smell seems to permeate the entire country. Kreteks take their name from the faint crackling sound made when volatile clove oil is released from the spice within while the cigarette burns. They are uniquely Indonesian, a booming domestic industry with glowing export prospects, at least until U.S. authorities recently raised questions about possible health hazards. Dr. Frederick Schechter, a surgeon at the University of California at Irvine, said he compiled four cases in which teen-agers who smoked kreteks subsequently came down with severe pneumonia-like illnesses. Two of the victims died. Dr. Sue Binder, a medical epidemiologist at the federal Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, said people can develop allergies to eugenol, the active ingredient in cloves. Euge- nol inhibits the synthesis of certain substances in the human body called prostaglandins which affect blood pressure and the action of some hormones and muscles, she said. One clove cigarette maker is being sued by a Huntington Beach, Calif., couple who contend that their 17-year-old son suffered breathing difficulties that led to his death after smoking several of the firm's Djarum brand kreteks on March 2, 1984. A spokesman for Djarum declined comment pending the' receipt of additional information from California. The United States is not contemplating any ban on the import of kreteks, according to a U.S. Embassy spokesman. More than 100 mil- lion were exported to the United States last year, compared to 16 million in 1980 when the Census Bureau added a special category for them in its statistics. No official Indonesian source could indicate whether, based on decades of use here, clove cigarettes offered a distinct health danger. Health minister Suwardjono Surjaningrat regularly urges the public to give up smoking but makes no distinction between kreteks and all-tobacco cigarettes which are known to Indonesians as "whites." Exported kreteks carry a "smoking is hazardous to health" warning that does not appear on packs sold within Indonesia. In strictly economic terms, kreteks seem to be an almost ideal industry in a heavily populated developing country. Tobacco and clove farmers prosper, tens of thousands of unskilled jobs are created and the exports earn foreign exchange. 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President of Cyprus rejects parliament's demands to resign Neo-Nazis say they bombed Paris theater PARIS (AP) — Two obscure neo- Nazi groups claimed responsibility Saturday for bombing a movie theater that was showing Jewish films, and threatened more attacks against Jews. Eighteen people were wounded by the explosion and fire that followed. An undentified caller told The Associated Press that the Wolk United National Socialism and Column 88 Heil Hitler were responsble for the Friday night bombing of the Rivoli- Beaubourg theater. Three of the victims were hospitalized with burns and 15 were treated for shock and bruises. The caller said the attack was "in reply to the odious provocatioas of the faculty of Assas and the Lyon trial." Assas is the University of Paris law school where an anti-racist meeting was held earlier this week. 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