November 18, 1941
Police today started a drive against young vandals who have broken light globes of the huge Christmas Star on Mount Franklin.
Three youths, ages 11 and 12, were arrested last night after they smashed globes with rocks.
Two girls with air guns were chased off the mountain late last week and two older youths with pistols were finally dissuaded from shooting at the lights Sunday night, police said.
The El Paso Electric Co., which gave the star to the City as a "Christmas present" last year, has stationed a night watchman at the star. Police have increased their patrols in the area.
The three youths arrested last night were charged with malicious mischief in complaints filed by County Probation Officer Rokahr.
"All juveniles arrested because of malicious acts on the mountain will be prosecuted," Mr. Rokahr said.
"I want to appeal to all parents to keep their children off the mountain."
Electric company officials revealed that $150 damage was done to the star in one night last year by vandals.
"We are going to guard against that this year," Police Chief Robey said.
The star will be turned on the night of Nov. 26, Roy Nelson, president of the company, said today.
The star has been enlarged and it contained 350 globes. Last year it contained 300 globes.
It has been re-designed so that dim spots which could be detected last year have been filled in with large globes.