PACK TWO » BLTTHEVILLE (ARK,) COURIER N1WS Court Validates Seniority of Vets Decision of Tribunal AppliM to Men Who Hold Government Jobs WASHINGTON, June S. —(UP) —TlM U. 8. Supreme Court yesterday unuvlmouiljr upheld "«uperlor- Jty" for veterans who work f<»r th« federal government. The ruling cam* !n an fnt«r- pnUUon of th« Veterans Prefer- •OM'Act of 1M4, which appllet to ftderal workers. A civil service regulation, drawn undtr the act, gives veterans priority to government Jorx over non- veteriqi with greater length of forcmment Mrvke. Jvutioe Hu*o L. slick, ipetklng for th« court, ia!d that Congress passed the law "with full knowledge that the long-standing ab- »olut« retention preferences of rettraru would be embodied In the act." . . Validity of the regulation wax challenged by Earle W. Hilton, a ahlpflttcr at the Navy yard at Charleston, 8. O. In 1946 he was furloughed for a year without pay during a postwar reduction in the navy yard working force. Veterans Re(alned At the time, Hlllton had been a government employe for more than U years and had an "excellent," efficiency rating. He was laid off ahead of veterans with shorter government service and with lower efficiency ratings. Black "said that If the court approved Hilton's arguments, ft would mean narrowing the longstanding custom of giving preference .to veteran* on the government payroll. "Th« purpose of that act's spon- aor« and of Congress in passing it appears to have been precisely the opposite—to broaden rather than narrow the preference," Black said. Two years ago, the supreme court outlawed "superseniority" tor veterans working in private industry. But Black said there are "significant differences" between private and. government employment. He said that in passing the veterans' laws, Congress Intentionally Impoaed obligations "of a markedly different nature" upon government than upon private employers. Senate Committee Okays Bridge Commission Bill WASHINGTON, June 1, (UP) — A bill to increase 'from « to 18 the membership of the Arkansas-Mls- slislppi Bridge .Commission was approved yesterday by tne Senate Public Works Committee. The measure also extends for three,yeaw the time allowed lor completion of « proposed Mississippi river bridge near Friars Point, Mlss v and Helena, Ark. General Carl A. Spaatz, retiring chief of the Alt Force, received a tlilrri oak-le*f-clutter for the Dlsdngulihed Service medal fiani President Truman at the Whits House, The President cited Spaatz for Ills merl- orioui work ai th« first chief of staff for lha new, separate Air Force. Left to right are: President Truman, Miss Curia Spaat/, the general's daughter, Mrs. Spantz, and the General.—INEA Telephoto). Spoafz Receives Third Cluster Ancient Spanish Prisoner Swindle Continues to Pay Off for Hoaxers Thrve Arkamans to Get Commissions in Navy WASHINGTON, June J. —(UP) — Th'ree Arkansas men will be graduated from the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md., this week-end. They are William' N. Small, th/ »n.or.Mr. and Mrs. John C. Small of Malvern; John w. James, son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard James of Conway ;and Hoyt E. Allen, son of Dr. and Mrs. Hoyt E. Allen of Ut- tle Rock. By James F. Donuvun United 1-rKi Staff Correspondent WASHINGTON. June 2. (UP) — The FBI warned the public today :o be on guard against an old cou- fhiciicc game called "The Spanish Prisoner Swindle" or "thc-lrunlc- tvith - the - hidden-compartment- Hoax." The current Issue of the FBI's aw Enforcement Bulletin" said this racket Is becoming widespread. The intended victim Is promised at least $125,000 in return for about * 1,000 and a simple act ol kindness. Anyone who falls for the gag invariably winds up without his H,000. The come-on Is usually a letter postmarked "Mexico City" and signed with a simple "M"—purportedly an individual who is In a Maxican prison for bankruptcy. The note usually starts off like this: "My dear sir: A perron who knows you and who has spoken highly about you has made me trust to you a very delicate matter on which depends the future of my dear daughter as well as my very existence." The "prisoner" then explains thru he has a (runk on deposit, in a customs, house In the United States. And in a secret compartment of that trunk, he says, Is a bundle of bank bills totalling S37d,OCO. But here's the rub, The writer says the claim check lor the trunk is in an old suitcase, which has. -been confiscated by Mexican an- ! whole thoritles. In order to get this sun- cose, he says, h icaji "embargo costs"—usually matter of over a $1,000. • t The "prisoner" oegs tin victim to help him pet hl.i suitcase" click." A* compensation for hl.i troubles, the victim Is told, he will receive one- .hlrd of the money In the trunk— $135,000. 'I?ip sH'Jndlcr later sends "ncws- papcr"clipplii(;£ to back up his story. If ):e falls lor the hoax, the victim llles down to Mexico, contacts un ngL'nl of -M" and pays the "embargo coals" In cash. As a guarantee o! the .5125.0CO, he is given a bank check or deposit certificate for over $10,000 drawn on an American bank. Phony telegrams assure the dupe that the prisoner has such a sum on deposit. Once the "embargo" is paid, the agent disappear.! 'Ltie victim Li Mi with a fraudulent check, a few heart-rending letter* and a bitter feeling about human nature. , The FBI say s that the "come-on" letters should be turned over to postal authorities Immediately. $200 Million Airport Opens Unofficially NEW YORK, une 3. (UP) — The world's largest airport, the New York International Airport at Idlewild, Queens, was opened yesterday for familiarisation and ferry flights. The prc-openlng of the 5,000-acrc field came when Roger M. Sullivan, | chief air traffic controller, threw the switches of the 11 radio fre- Ouencle* In lh« temporary control tower. Commercial flights at tn« |200000,000 airport, are expected to begin July 1, but it will not be dedicated formally until July 31, when a ceremony will be held In conjunction with an international air exposition. When In full operation, Idlewild will have seven runways from 8,000 to 9,000 feet long and will be able to handle 1,000 flights every 24 hour*. WEDNESDAY. JUNK «, Future Farmers to Meet HOT SPRINGS. Ark.. Jm>e ! (Ul'l— More than 500 members of 210 chapters of the Future Farmers of America are expected nt their 3lst niinual convention nt Camp Couciiclalc on Luke Catherine Juno 14-1(1. S. D. Mitchell, executive sec- rolnry ot the Arkansas group, is In charge of arrangements. 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