IGRDUP3 II m Finn i jkf I U I IIIU IcrllllL. MERRITT TREE .' i - i Many Organizations Unite In Movement as Group Hunts for Big Spruce to Bring Boy's Dream True. Following the complete organization organization of the American Leglon-Elks-Junlor Leglon-Elks-Junlor Leglon-Elks-Junlor Leglon-Elks-Junlor Leglon-Elks-Junlor Chamber of Commerce committee to handle the entire project for Oakland's Lake Merrltt Christmas tree, with the enthusiastic enthusiastic support of tho Spanish War Veterans, the Electric club, and many other organizations. General Chairman William St. Sure, at the Elks' club, today announced that the first big Job will be to secure the tree. Superintendent Leo Kerfoot of the park department yesterday offered offered any 40, 60 or 60 foot tree in Sequoia park, and the committee decided to look around for, a typical big spruce before ncceptlng or rejecting Kerfoot's tree. In other words, the committee has a tree but may get a better one. . TURKS INSPECTED Robert M. Ford, chairman of the committee which has the task of selecting and making all arrangements arrangements for the acquisition of the tree, today prepared to confer with Kerfoot, lumber companies, shipping shipping concerns, and others who might have trees available. Tentative Tentative donations, the committeemen say, have already been made, but no final decisions have been rendered. rendered. As. soon as the tree arrives here, or Js, sent to the lake, nnothsr committee committee will arrange for raising It, and still another for decorating and lighting It. The personnl assistance of George A. Illllhaek, who started the whole project when he wrote to The TRIBUNE Forum and declared declared that this was the wish of sis ron before he tiled, will he enlisted enlisted during the week, according to St. Sure, and he will be asked to Join the general committee in some capacity. DREAM OF A HOY Hillback's ten year old son, Robert Hlllback, expressed the wish nearly a year ago that some such tree might be seen nt C'hrint-mas, C'hrint-mas, C'hrint-mas, floating and reflecting in the lake. Chairman St. Sure, with his committee committee working today" o'n the various various details of theJob, and with other committees to b appointed next Friday, announced that he liad already accepted several Individual Individual tenders of assistance, and would be glad to receive others. "The whole business Is centralized centralized and organized," said St. Sure, "and now, in he next few weeks until December 15, we are going to concentrate a great deal of effort in making this admirable project a complete success." ' '