work under way
...... . : Bree under way Workmen On Shore Begin to Cut Timbers for Big Floating R,aft to Hold Christmas Symbol Erect .First actual work, on the Lake Merrltt Christmas, tree - began today today . , . . Tho plan, which, began a year ago In the mind of Robert Hillback, 10, now dead, and which. 'after being being made, public by his , father through a letter to Tho TRIBUNE, was adopted by civic leaders, and expanded and developed during many discussions, has at least reached the point where' hammer ring out and saws cut wood, Under the supervision of G, L.-Dalzell, L.-Dalzell, L.-Dalzell, official of the Thomas Rigging eompany of Oakland, and originator of the plan for a "float lng. Island'1 . -td -td aupport the tree, a gang of workmen i assembled on the shores of the lake this morning and began tho task. . ,, .. , . f WOOD IS, DONATED. Huge timbers, donated by Dal-zeli's Dal-zeli's Dal-zeli's company, were sawil to tho right size and bolted Into the form of a huge croes, 40 feet from tip to tip each . way. When this Is fin-Ished,. fin-Ished,. fin-Ished,. empty oil. drums given by the Union Oil company irlll be fastened underneath the cross to give aaaea Duoyancy. And as a fin- fin- iShlnr 1 A 1 1 Vl -nln -nln ,ili t.'n. .."1- .."1- '.f oyer the top and a cdm-inabr cdm-inabr cdm-inabr eartlf aitu greens put on to give the ap- ap- foniaiiLE ota real -miana.". -miana.". Dalzell promises that the work. men under his direction wfil have the float finished by December 7.. date when the 60-foot 60-foot 60-foot tree Is to arrive from the McCormlck Steam- Steam- mp company Douglas fir forest In Oregon. Through the courtesy of George D.. Pell. Eastbay manager of the Bteamshlp company, the tree has already been selected and cut, and will soon be on its way to the Oakland -estuary -estuary aboard a freighter of, the McCormlck line. CLUBS CANVASSED. when the tree is swung onto the municipal docks, a-big a-big a-big truck will bo raised and fastened in place on municipal boathouae. There it will be. raised an dfastened in place on tho float, to be towed out and moored at the designated spot for the delight of children and adults of toe Eastbay throughout 1 tho Christmas holidays. Service clubs of Oakland wero being canvassed today by members , Amer'cn Leglon-Elka-Junlor Leglon-Elka-Junlor Leglon-Elka-Junlor Leglon-Elka-Junlor Leglon-Elka-Junlor Chamber of Commerce committee In charge for funds with which to make up the $284 balance- balance- balance- lacking from the $1000 need- need- ?5.ilir.,,ubor conmed with tree William P. St. Sure, chairman of-the' of-the' of-the' committee,- committee,- has issued - a. pecla I . appeal for funds which must bo obtained ' If aU plane' for the tree are to bo carried out. .