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Pet bear gets loose, then he gets shot

From the pages of the Crescent City American, November 1928.

Teddy the black bear, belonging to Dolph Dyer at Dolph’s Service Station at the corner of Second and K streets, is no more. 

It was on Friday afternoon that Teddy began to act queerly in his pen at the rear of the service station, where he has been for the past year and was the source of much attraction to tourists.

So queer was the poor bear acting that he had attracted more than the usual attention. Ed Bayliss, well-known fisherman and the champion at becoming lost on Howland Hill while hunting rabbits, and Calvin Getchell, employee at the service station, were watching Teddy go through some of his capers when all at once the chain on the bear’s neck came loose and Teddy made a mad dash for a hole in the fence while Bayliss and Getchell made a mad dash for the service station office.

It seems as though Ed had been laid up with the rheumatism and had gone to the service station to see if anyone knew where he could borrow a pair of crutches. Ed was very lame, but when the bear got loose Ed started to run. He slipped and fell down twice and then beat Getchell to the office. This is said to be the best record made in the county this summer.

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