Press-Telegram (Newspaper) - May 4, 1959, Long Beach, California
THEFT OF MILLIONS BARED BY SUICIDE PROMOTION CAUSED DOWNFALL OF L. B. BANKER Success spelled disaster for up-and-coming youpg banker The George A. Hewlett, whose suicide Saturday revealed an embezzlement in- volving millions of' dollars, Press-Telegram learned exclusively today. Hewlett, 40, had been cashier of Long Beach Na- JOHN R. HENDR1CKSON Named in Hewlett Note Find Girl's Body in River; Clue to Lost Family VANCOUVER, Wash. body of a little girl, found bobbing in the swift current of a Columbia River slough, provided a probable solution today to thy the federal government. The esti mate was. made by Assistant U. S. Ally. .Donald S.' Con- sting, at a hearing before a ederal .commission Sunday Francisco. that- Hen- drickson's bail be set at an unprecedented ha If-million dollars. An FBI4agent test! fled the manufacturer, who with his wife and seven chil dren lives in a home t San Rafael, "owns orJhas access" to a private airplane. U.S. Commissioner Joseph Karesh set bail at in'd'said.he...would'reduce it 'urther unless the govern ment .comes lip with new evi- dence by a.m. Tuesday. The 'case was continued until Hewlett's .body 'was .found on an.'Army blanket in a va- cant-lot 'at 2560 'Cedar Ave. Saturday. He was clutching a .38 caliber automatic pistol He was last reported seen alive Friday .night at Mag nolia Theatre, where he anc his wife were attending a performance of "The Cruel- tie." Hewlett slipped away 'rom- the' theater. i .It) a note, addressed to his wife, .Esther, Hewlett wrote: No one else is- in- volved in this horrible mess, or even has the slightest tnowledge'of, Johnnie Hendrickson. We i have not used this ourselves. It has all gone to John The note was written on the back of a blank check. A second note was .i'ound in Hewlett's home. In it, Hew- lett reportedly set the total of the ''erhberzlement at' FBI refused; to', dl-'. vulge consents of the note.' Hendrickson. 'jtold i a re-, porter in San, Fjrancisco: know wh'atf.these, charges are all 1' not be they are n6w j .-Hendrickson's hassbranches jn 'Los manufactures gas heaters and-.other, ances. i Funeral. services for lett'will be at 2 p.m. Tues- day at Mottell's Peek Mor tuary. toss Block invoy's Try Leap Out Hospital Window Fails; Aid Rushed From Burma RANGOON, Burma Soviet military attache who apparently had tried to escape ty leaping" from a hospital window was flown out ol Rangoon. on a Communisl slane Sunday. A screen of'40 hefty Rus sians from the Soviet Em jassy roughed up newsmen arjd prevented them from questioning him: Sources at the hospital sait the attache, was Col. Mikhai I. Stryguine, who-apparently wanted to get political asylum in Burma.- _The embass neither confirmed nor deniet published reports of his identity. The slightly built, haggard looking man was brought tc the airport in a Soviet Em bassy car minutes -before a Communist transpor plane took' off for Kunmini and Peiping. He was hustleet the votes. This is becaus he amendment specificall (Continued on Pg. A-4, Col. 3 Two Airmen Killed in Trainer Crash EUSTIS, Fla. Ai Force ROTC instructors from Oklahoma died Sunday whe their T33. jet trainer crashec and exloded near Lake J< hanria two miles from Eusti; Hurtling pieces of wrecl age from the two-place era smashed into two homes i the lakeshore housing deve opment as children playin nearby dashed for safety. Th victims were Maj. Jack L Slatton and CapL Willis L. Button. idal Wave Alert Sounds n Honolulu Warning Canceled After Hour; Set Off by Earthquake HONOLULU UPI Aitidal rave alert was sounded in the Hawaiian Islands today as the esult of a strong earthquake orth of Japan, but it was1 ailed off an hour and 35 min-: ites later. The alert had sent-.Ha-' waiians fleeing to higher, [round. Dr. Don Tocher, seismolo- gist'at the University of Calk ornia. at said the uake occurred miles' rpm fBerkeley, probably near ie- Kamchatka Veninsula in :iberia.v SEISMOGRAPHS through- Jut Japan also recorded the uake and a seismologist at h e Central Meteorological Jtation in Tokyo said he be-, ievedrit was strong enough o produce a tidal wave- Dr. Tocher said previous [uakes in the Kamchatka area iad sent tidal waves across he Pacific to Hawaii. 'He noted that one in 1952 caused ome damage at Midway, about a thousand miles closer o the quake center. The size of such a wave, he added, would depend on con-; ditions other than merely, the strength of the quake. THE LAST major tidal wave struck the Hawaiian is- ands in March of 1957, caus-1 ng widespread damage but no .direct casualties. The biggest tidal wave in recent history struck the is-' ands April 1, 1946. Mam- moth waves traveling 500 miles per hour struck Kauai irst, then Oahu and then the sla'nd of Hawaii. The waves killed 159 persons and seri- ously injured 163 others. Tornadoes Forecast in Midwest Areas KANSAS'CITY The Weather Bureau .said isolated tornadoes are expected in por- tions of southern Nebraska, central and western Kansas and the Panhandle and north- west portions of Oklahoma from late today. WHERE TO FIND IT: Because of another engagei ment, former President Tru- man has regretfully declined an invitation from President Eisenhower to attend a stag dinner honoring Sir Winston Churchill. See Page A-3. Beach B-I. Hal A-I5. A-15. C-3 to 8. B-6, 7. A-8. Death B-2. A-14. B-3, Shipping A-10, C-I, 2, 3, A-12. Tides, TV, B-8. Vital A-15. Woiaea B-4, I.