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The sheriff was elected last year on an anti-canoeist, law ‘n’ order platform. “I don’t intend to babysit for canoeists,” D’Spain said. “They think they can come on a man’s property and mess things up, and I’m supposed to protect them. If they’ve got any sense, they’ll stay out of the river.” Even more disconcerting was D’Spain’s statement that he would not send any of his men to the river to search for canoeists simply on the basis of a report that some were missing. He said he would need “definite proof that there had been a drowning or that someone was badly hurt” before he would order a search. A phone call from a worried relative or friend would not be sufficient cause, he explained. An official of the State Parks and Wildlife Department who asked not to be quoted by name acknowledged the fact that a nasty situation was developing in Kendall County. His department has been flooded with complaints in recent months from canoeists who have been insulted, threatened and otherwise harassed by landowners and law officers in Kendall County. He said that anyone has the right to float down the Guadalupe. “The sheriff is not discharging his duty to protect all the people in Kendall County, whether or not they live there,” the Parks official said. The problem, he said, is that the laws of Texas have been kept purposefully vague concerning rights ALAN POGUE Photographer of political events & pseudo events, of people in their natural surroundings Rag office 478-0452 Austin CLASSIFIED POT PRISONERS NEVER.HAVE A NICE DAY bumperstickers. 250 each, 5 for $1, 12 for $2. NORML, PO Box 13494, Austin Tx 78711. BOOKPLATES. Free catalog. Many beautiful designs. Special designing too. Address: BOOKPLATES, P.O. Box 28-1, Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387. MARJORIE A. DELAFIELD TYPING SERVICE: Theses, dissertations, manuscripts, reports, etc. I.B.M. 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Land Commissioner Bob Armstrong, a river runner himself, says of the Kendall County landowners, “Their answer along the river is, ‘Well, my family for four generations has always considered that the boundary of the river is the middle of the river. And we own to the middle of the river and that guy over there owns to the middle of the river. And don’t you tell me that a bunch of hippies and niggers can go floatin’ down that river.’ That’s just the way they’ll talk to you about it.” IF YOU STILL think the scenario which started this piece is nothing more than a fit of the crazies, consider the fact that the Texas trespass statutes make even a drowning man who grasps a handhold on private property without permission of the owner a violator of the law. Other statutes say that a man has the right to take necessary steps to protect his life. But, in case of doubt, it’s hard to argue with a man with a gun. When asked what a canoeist who finds himself in trouble should do, Sheriff D’Spain answered that he should stay in the river and swim to the nearest road crossing \(they are located at 1 0-1 2 Darrell Crocker, the man who rented the San Antonians their canoe and who later found it shot full of holes, thinks that there is a concerted effort in the county to make things as nasty as possible for canoeists. Repressive incidents have greatly increased in the past few months, according to Crocker. He said he is seriously considering moving his canoe rental operation to the San Antonio River. “I don’t want to rent a boat to somebody who winds up being murdered,” Crocker said. “What they are trying to do is stop canoeing altogether on the Guadalupe,” Crocker explained. “And what they don’t realize is, they’ll never stop it. Canoeing is one of the fastest growing outdoor sports in the country. Every year, thousands more Texans take up canoeing and the Guadalupe is a great place for the sport.” Crocker, Sheriff D’Spain and the Parks and Wildlife official all think it is only a matter of time before someone is killed on a riverbank on the Guadalupe. This should not frighten canoeists into giving up their perfectly legal sport, but they should be aware of the peculiar and deadly traditiOns of one of the counties through which they will travel while floating down the beautiful, otherwise serene Guadalupe River.
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