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Exhibit item: BRET HARTE, Overland Monthly and Out West Magazine, 1868

Exhibit item:
BRET HARTE
Overland Monthly and Out West Magazine, 1868

In July, 1868, in the premier issue of this journal "devoted to the Development of the Country," publisher Bret Harte explains his reasons for selecting the California Grizzly for its logo.

Quotation:
BRET HARTE
Overland Monthly and Out West Magazine, 1868

"The bear who adorns the cover may be 'an ill-favored' beast whom 'women cannot abide,' but he is honest withal. Take him if you please as the symbol of local primitive barbarism. He is crossing the track of the Pacific Railroad, and has paused a moment to look at the coming engine of civilization and progress - with a prodigious shrieking and puffing - and apparently recognizes his rival and his doom. And yet, leaving the symbol out, there is much about your grizzly that is pleasant.The truth should however be tested at a moment when no desire for self-preservation prejudices the observer. In his placid moments he has a stupid, good-natured, grey tranquillity, like that of the hills in midsummer. I am satisfied that his unpleasant habit of scalping with his forepaw is the result of contact with the degraded aborigine, and the effect of bad example on the untutored ursine mind. Educated, he takes quite naturally to the pole, but has lost his ferocity, which is perhaps after all the most respectable thing about a barbarian. As a cub he is playful and boisterous, and I have often thought was not a bad symbol of our San Francisco climate. Look at him well, for he is passing away. Fifty years and he will be as extinct as the dodo or dinornis."

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