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June 30, 1974

Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 6

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Arkvmoi TIMES, Sun., Jon. », 1774 ··KAMA* But Not In The Stamper Family Draft Evasion Sets Father Against Son 'CABIN CREEK, w. va. AP -- Lee Stamper is a grizzled veteran of 12 years in the coal mines of West Virginia and three years in the jungles of B u r m a , where he helped build the lamed Leclo Road during "World War II." Like thousands of other patriotic young Americans in those days.' he joined the Army. There 'was no draft in M a y , 1940. "I was an enlistee," Stamper said, obviously savoring the word, The term was a nosiUve one when Hitler was terrorizing Europe and the ominous image of the Rising Sun was peeping over the eastern horizon. When the war ended. Stamper and his surviving compatriots came home to live Ihc life they fought to" preserve. In his case, it meant joining the , American Legion, getting a job in the mines and takin bride. in the mines and t a k i n g ride. Over the years, the Stamper union bog.it three sons. The eldest, Donald, is a big, handsome Lid who was, captain -of the high school' - basketball team. Donald Stamper never gave :iis parents cause for worry as lie grew up. His f a t h e r was proud of his son's athletic achievements and he's still proud of Donald now that he's m a r r i e d and settled down. Settled down, of course, may be an understatement. Donald Stamper. 25, has just finished serving IB months at the Federal Youth Center in Summit, Ky. He was a d r a f t resisler. There are 15 other d r a f t resisters in jail today, although the Vietnam truce is 18 months old and the d r a f t ended a year ago. In lieu of j a i l .2,000 more young men convicted of d r a f t resistance are serving compulsory terms today as orderlies in government hospitals or as laborers on federal projects. Stamper's action and the war he refused to fight are two issues that divided this nation like few others in recent history, setting f a t h e r against son. But this d i d n ' t happen to the Stampers, "You know," the elder Stamper mused in his soft, husky voice, "I think I would have done the same thing Donald did, AL his t r i a l , another hoy charged with the .same thing as Donald was scared off and joined the A r m y , but Donald had a chance to join, even after he was convicted, and he still turned it down." U.S. Government policy, on the other hand, is to punish tho.se Lwho refused to serve during the Vietnam war. "We have a Congressional mandate and instructions to go after each case vigorously," .says an attorney in the criminal section of the Justice Department. "The posture now is to prosecute." The attorney, whose section public relations man asked t h a t his name not be used,'.specializes in d r a f t resister cases. lie said there are 4.200 fugitives under i n d i c t m e n t at this time for f a i l u r e to submit to the draft. Another 5.200 young men have been indicted and are awaiting trial, he said, and 3,000 more cases have yet to go before a grand jury. Since the 1960s, the Federal Youth Center in nearby S u m m i t has had its share of convicted d r a f t resisters. As many as 35 have been jailed there at one time. The five currently at the center, and Stamper, j u s t released, were sentenced to terms ranging from two to six years. Most draft resisters actually spent about 17 months behind bars. BETTB REDUCATED Earl Day, a 20-year-old veteran of the federal penal system and administrator of the Youth Center, says draft resisters are generally better educated but more anti-establishment than his average inmate. "They ask me 'How the hell; can you work in a prison?'" he; said, "but if you get down to; basics, they're more able to ac-j ccpt me as a h u m a n being," : The Summit Five h a r d l y see 1 each other, and come from d i f - ferent backgrounds. There's Bob Sparling. 25. a red haired professional musician who once led a hunger strike; Tony Sheehan. 22, a hitter, disillusioned young Virginian; Russ K y r n a p , 23, a recent graduate of Marshall University; A Jehovah's Witness whose congregation is supporting his wife and baby .while he's in prison, and a young black from Chicago who resists talking with anyone. The Jehovah's Witness and the young black refused to participate in i n t e r v i e w s nt the prison, or to permit publication of their names. "It was simply a moral ques- tion," Stamper said during a bull session in the prison chapel one afternoon shortly before his release. "I didn't think it was right to be told to go over there and kill somebody . . . I resisted being manipulated." Of the Summit draft prisoners who consented lo interviews, none except Sheehan had ever been in jail hfore. "I was in overnight once, for vagrancy in Mobile, I grew up there," Sheehan recalled. His f a m i l y later moved to Winchester, Va. A clerk-driver at the prison, Tony has a six-year sentence and a Fu Manchu mustache. He likes the mustache, hates the sentence. SENTENCE A SURPRISE "I never, thought I'd go to jail," he said. "I can't understand why they'd want Eo lock up anybody for following his moral beliefs. When I pleaded guilty the judge recommended my release." Karnap n o d d e d sympa-1 Ihetically. "A six-year sentence just demonstrates the ignorance of judges and prosecuting attorneys," he said. "Probation in the federal syslem is based almost totally on the nature of the crime. Draft evasion is 17 months, period." Everyone except Stamper, a work-study driver who spent a good deal of Lime outside the prison's wire fence, was dressed in army issue. "The way I see it," said .Sheehan, hooking his boots on the rung of the metal Folding chair and leaning hack, "parole comes if you're a good boy and don't talk back." "I think the draft counseling I did was the reason I was sent to jail," said Karnap, newly arrived and still breaking in his prison clothes. "I'm in admission and orientation now and it's like boot camp. They check the hospital corners on our bunks and run thefr fingers along the sill of the windows, ooking for dust. Heck, I'm sup- osed to be in here for refusing o enter the Army." Stamper, tall and blond, has \o regrets for choosing prison over Canada and no big plans or the future. Upon release, he returned to his old joh as a salesman. "You just couldn't imagine vhat it felt like to have those doors shut behind me," he recalled, "It's like leaving one world and entering another. I was a little leery when I first arrived. I didn't know how the vy a in here would react io a raft dodger. Before I came ierc. I thought everybody in jail was crazy. "Now," he added, "I'm getting put and I'm having some anticipation. I don't know how people on the outside will react. "Will (hey see w h a t I did as a mo ra 1 deci sion or wil 1 they see me as a criminal?" Rio's Famous Sugar Loal Mountain Getting A Shave RIO DE J A N E I R O , Brazil (AP) -- Rio's famous Sugar Loaf mountain is getting a shave. The harbers, dozens of men with scyl hes and h crbicides, are stripping away grass that has spread over much of the hillsides overlooking Guanabara Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Years ago, the mountain's slopes wore covered with lush fores t. Tou risls who cmharkcd on Sugar leaf's cable car hardly noticed the small area of Guinea grass that slrived for life at the foul of the mountain. The weed dried with the summer teal and easily caught "fire. The fire killed other plants, but the grass remained rooted in the earth and showed up after rain. The once insignificant grass spread over the mountain's surface, threatening the trees with extinction. Alarmed by the situation, Rio's Instilute for the Maintenance of Nature elaborated a reforesting plan, and TCio's Bol- unical Garden agreed to provide cuttings and seeils to he planted in the area. The cable car company put the plan into practice. STARTED IN 1973 Operations started a year ago. The first measure was to separate the grass from the remaining trees to avoid ncu fires. Five-yard-wide clearings were opened throughout the area, isolating the trees and dividing the grass in 100-square- yard sections. Workers are now spraying a strong herbicide on the grass, being careful to avoid hitting other plants w h ich m ay h e near. "The process has showed ex cellcnt results so far," said Antero Lciie de Castro, director ol the cable car company. "It has already been successfully applied to 50 per cent of the 3,300 square feet area hit by the grass. Approximately six more months will be necessary to wipe the weed out from the remaining half." Trees of several species are being prepared to reforest the hillsides. More than 20,000 ur ucu-rana, Brazilian spiderflo wer, peroba, and orazilwoot are among those scheduled to be planted during the three- year reforesting program. The dead grass, which being cut down and left in place, is expected to become a good natural fertilizer for the trees. Cove Probfem LEASRUUG, Mo. (AP) -- A proposed federal dam may con dclnn Onondaga Cave here which was discovered by Dan iel Boone in 1798. Meanwhile, the cave is open and owner Lester li. Di 1 ' i- fighting to thwart the action. "I hope I'm nol living on borrowed water," he said. In Mexican Restaurant Pre-Columbian Food Featured MEXICO CITY CAP) -- Mexi co's pre-Columbian art treasures are well known, hut a local restaurant owner has now resurrected that era's cuisine, complete with snakes, grub worms, lizards, salamanders and frogs. "Mexican cooking can easily compete with that of China," claims Jorge Alberto O'Farrill, scion of an old Mexican f a m i l y , "hut the food that people associate with this country is the product of the posl-Spanish conquest." So, in order to present, what he calls the real cuisine of Mexico as eaten by [fie Aztecs and other Indian cultures more than a thousand years ago, he has opened a tiny restaurant with authentic pre-Hispanic dishes. Although known records of the A/Lees go back to 111 A.D., other cultures such as the Toltecs preceding them are LAST 5 DAYS OF GRAND OPENING COMPLETE MOOER ILTH AND BEAU"Y CLUB -- Your private keep-fit ehib. Luxuriously carpeted, individual programs, persona] supervision, world's finest ultra- ·iern facilities. Patented scientific, elec- "1 and mechanical machines keep you healthy and beautiful. Charter Memberships are' still available. Also save even more on family memberships. Call Now and Make An Appointment 521-1363. 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The adventurous diner will ot find tacos or chile con arne in the restaurant --Chile con carne isn't Mexican; ou Americans are respon- ililc' -- but food t h a t the Ern- eror Montezuma himself was ervcd at royal banquets. MANY DISHES "Montezuma's table on any 'iven day would have literally undreds of different dishes vith all kinds of sauces." says 3'Farrill. who formerly ma'n- ged restaurants in France and lexico hefore opening his own 3 laza Tenito recently. O'Farrill says he" has spent Jars researching ancient reci- pes from historical documents concerning that era and from visiting parts of Mexico where pre-Columbian cooking traditions are still observed. Fie is currently writing a book on the subject. The clientele is mostly Mexican but he reports some tourists have begun visiting his establishment, located in the heart of the capital's tourist district. "Some Mexicans are even frightened to try the food I serve here," he says. "It will take some' time to get them accustomed (0 the authentic Mexican cooking." Th menu provides some old standards for the timid -steaks and chicken -- but the house specialties are far more exotic. SPECIALTIES There are white grub worms from the maguey plant, a form of cactus. They are fried in oil and eaten like potato chips. Iguana, a land lizard found all over Mexico, is cooked in a variety of spicy sauces, including one using ground peanuts. The iguana tastes somewhat like chicken. Aquatic salamanders nearly half a foot long are served up, as are concoctions made from the e*ggs of water bugs. Snake meat and wild pig are .also on the menu. The Aztecs and other cultures living in Mexico before the arrival of the Spaniards used to eat dog as a delicacy and bred a hairless type for the table. "But we don't serve that lere," says O'Farrill. who raises the nearly extinct species as a hobby. "There are too few and they are too expensive." Iguana is the favorite at the restaurant, with an average weekly consumption of about 20 the creatures. Work Preferred FRE.DERICKSBUHG. Ohio (AP) -- Residents here prefer work to taxes when it comes to supporting their volunteer fire department. Keeping a practice going that began 26 years ago, citizens put together proceeds from Amish buggy rides, festivals, trap shoots and other projects to provide $38,000 for a new pump- er. It took two years to earn the money. Since paying for a new fire truck in 1948 by similar efforts, the community lias obtained (ankers in 1950 and 1351 and an emergency truck in 1961 -- all without a tax levy. L. DILLARD'© t - · -^- .-*-J.. jjn · JALUMMM*. I '* "* * Repeat Sale for Pre-Fourth by Popular Demand! We're Offering Famous Brand 1974 Dress or Sport Shirts at 1972 Prices . . . £**** Grig. $8 And More National brand, short sleeve dress shirts in premium fabric. Shirts are expertly tailored with perfectly fitting collars and one chest pocket. 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