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i t N TREE'S LIGHTS ILL EC. 14 Mother of Bov Vho Saw Vision of Yule Beautv on Lake Merritt Selected . to Flash on Illumination The dream of Robert Hillback, 10, now dead, or a Christmas tree on Lake Merritt will be realized on the evening of December H William I'. St. Sure,, general chairman of the committee in charge, announced today that that date has been set as the time when Mrs. George Hillback. of San Le andro. mother of the dead boy will press the button Illuminating the huge tree anchored on Its float in the middle of Lake Merritt. "December 14 is the date for the annual Christmas Pageant of the Oakland recreation department in the Municipal auditorium," St. Sure said, "and the committee has se lectd lh:it evening as. the tlmo when the Luke Merritt Christmas tree will be Illuminated. The exact time the varl-colored varl-colored varl-colored electric lights will lie flashed on has not been set but Mrs. Hillback has been chosen for tho honor. St. Sure also announced the ap pointment of a program com mlttoe which will have charge of arrangements for the broadcaating of Christmas carols from the base of tho tree. The choirs will sing at the Municipal boathouse but their voices will bo heard through a battery of four huge loudspeakers installed on the float supporting the tree. Kd vvatklns of the Eleo trlcal Supply company has offered to provide the microphone and public public address system for this feature. Members of the new committee who will work out complete details xror tne program are: Henry Webber, chairman; Walter Eliassen, Bedford Boyea and Arthur Arthur Schnefer. The campaign for funds to finance the project wlU be stressed this week, St. Sure said. A goal of J1000 has been set and subscriptions of 1210.50 already have been announced. These Include Include n. donation of $100, from "a friend," a llko sum from Oakland Lodge of Elks, and $16.60 from the Enstlnke Klwanls club. Virtually all other details are rapidly nearlngcompleton to bring to realization the plan for the Christmas tree, first made public In a letter from the Hillbsek boy's father published In The TRIBUNE. . M. T. Stallworth, hiiHlncss manager manager of Local No. 61)5, Electrical workers' Union, has pledged aid In technical details. The Pacific Gas & Electric company has offered offered 600 feet of submarine cable to carry electricity to the tree. Ray Murphy, Pnclfle roast manager of tho Westlnphouse compnny. has promised 600 colored lights, sufficient sufficient to decorate the tree. Forty 100-gallon 100-gallon 100-gallon oil drums, which will support the flout, . re to be furnished furnished by Frank Nevltt, manager of the Union Oil company. G. L. Dal-zell. Dal-zell. Dal-zell. an official of the Thomas Rig-King Rig-King Rig-King company of San Francisco, has donated the timber for the float and offered to supervise its construction nd anchoring In the lake. The big electric star that will shine from the tip of the tree will be furnished by tho Electrical products company. I Definite selection of altree Is all that remains to be do1, other than the receipt of subscriptions, St. Sure said. The Oakland park department has offered a tree but efforts are being mnde to find a suitable pruce or fir, neither of which Is available from park lands.