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Exhibit item: CHARLES J. HITTELL, Man Startled by Bear, 18--. Pen, wash, and pencil on paper

Exhibit item:
Man Startled by Bear, 18--
Pen, wash, and pencil on paper

History of San Luis Obispo County, California, 1883

"At another time Branch was in the cañon of the Arroyo Grande and saw a grizzly eating berries in a thicket on the hill-side. Having his rifle with him he thought he would secure a good position and have the sport of slaying the troublesome brute. Obtaining the desired position he took the precaution to look about him, and the savage animals were seen on all sides; but as berries were plentiful they were engaged and did not notice him. This was a time, he concluded, when discretion would be the better part of valor, and he carefully made a good retreat. In relating the adventure, he said he counted nine grizzlies, 'and it was not a very good day for bear either,' and further he said he was not ashamed to acknowledge he made good time in getting out of that neighborhood."

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