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Exhibit item: THEODORE HENRY HITTELL, The Adventures of James Capen Adams: Mountaineer and Grizzly Bear Hunter of California, 1911

Exhibit item:
THEODORE HENRY HITTELL
The Adventures of James Capen Adams: Mountaineer and Grizzly Bear Hunter of California, 1911

The popularity of The Adventures of Grizzly Adams led to publication of a 1911 edition. A new introduction by Hittell includes a summary of the events that preceded publication of the original edition.

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THEODORE HENRY HITTELL
The Adventures of James Capen Adams: Mountaineer and Grizzly Bear Hunter of California, 1911

"In the early part of October, 1856, while in charge of the local department of the Daily Evening Bulletin newspaper of San Francisco, my attention was attracted to a small placard at the door of a basement on the south side of Clay, near Leidesdorff Street. It announced the exhibition there of 'The Mountain Museum' - a collection of wild animals of the Pacific Coast, the principal of which were 'Samson, the largest Grizzly Bear ever caught, weighing over 1500 pounds, Lady Washington (with her cub) weighing 1000 pounds, and Benjamin Franklin, King of the Forest ...' In the midst of this strange menagerie was Adams, the proprietor - quite as strange as any of his animals. He was a man a little over medium size, muscular and wiry, with sharp features and penetrating eyes. He was apparently about fifty years of age; but his hair was very gray and his beard very white. He was dressed in a coat and pantaloons of buckskin, fringed at the edges and along the seams of arms and legs. On his head he wore a cap of deerskin, ornamented with a fox-tail, and on his feet buckskin moccasins... Between July 1857 and December 1859, he narrated to me his adventures in full. My custom was to go to his place in the afternoon, after the newspaper went to press, and write down what he had to say. He would usually talk for an hour or two, but there were many interruptions. In writing my notes, I, to some extent corrected his language, but put down in substance all he told me. And from the notes thus taken, with many omissions of unimportant details, I subsequently, in the winter of 1859-60, wrote the following narrative..."

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