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Exhibit item: GEORGE G. SPURR, 'A Fight With A Grizzly Bear,' 1886

Exhibit item:
GEORGE G. SPURR
"A Fight With A Grizzly Bear," 1886

Quotation:
GEORGE G. SPURR
"A Fight With A Grizzly Bear," 1886

" ...Locksley, a one-armed man of varied attainments, prepossessing appearance, pleasing manners, and endowed with strong, religious convictions, is of medium height, squarely built - a strong, vigorous man, possessing an iron constitution. He lost his arm - so goes the story - in an encounter with a grizzly bear, which occurred in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the early settlement of the State. ...During a lull in the conversation ... his attention was called to a claw of a grizzly bear hanging against the wall;... we judged rightly when we assumed it to be the missing link to a tragic story. It was quite a formidable affair, some five inches in length, black as jet, and under great provocation must have been a terrible weapon of defense; but its present use was that of an ornament to a bunch of keys and was assigned a place on the mantelpiece near the clock ..."

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