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Exhibit item: JOHN EDWARD BOREIN, [San Francisco de Assisi Mission, San Francisco, California], etching on paper, [19--?]

Exhibit item:
[San Francisco de Assisi Mission, San Francisco, California]
Etching on paper, [19--?]

The Land of Gold, 1855

" ...As I was thus pondering I heard the sound of drum, fife and clarinet; and stepping to the window to ascertain what was the meaning of this Sunday music echoing through the streets of San Francisco, I saw a tremendous grizzly bear, caged, and drawn by four spirited horses through the various streets. Tacked to each side of the cage were large posters, which read as follows:


The citizens of San Francisco and vicinity are respectfully informed that at four o’clock this afternoon, Sunday, Nov. 14th, at Mission Dolores, a rich treat will be prepared for them, and that they will have an opportunity of enjoying a fund of the raciest sport of the season. TWO LARGE BULLS AND A BEAR, all in prime condition for fighting, and under the management of experienced Mexicans, will contribute to the amusement of the audience.

...The Seats were very properly elevated so high above the arena that no danger was likely to result from the furious animals; and I suppose five thousand persons could have been conveniently accommodated, though only about three-fourths of that number were present.

Among the auditory, I noticed many Spanish maids and matrons, who manifested as much enthusiasm and delight in anticipation of what was to follow as the most enthusiastic sportsman on the ground. Crying children, too ... were there, full of noise and mischief ... Of men, there were all sizes, colors and classes, such as California, and California alone, can bring together.

... It was a mighty contest - a desperate struggle for victory! Finally, however, fatigued, exhausted, writhing with pain and weltering in sweat and gore, they waived the quarrel and separated, as if by mutual consent. The bull, now exhausted and panting, cast a pacific glance towards the bear, and seemed to sue for an armistice; the bear, bleeding and languid after his furious contest, raised his eyes to the bull, and seemed to assent to the proposition. But, alas! man, cruel man, more brutal than the brutes themselves, would not permit them to carry out their pacific intentions."

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