A Russian Bear. – A stalwart sailor, subject of the Czar, was found lying drunk on the Pacific street sidewalk last evening. Officer Glover attempted to put him on his feet, when the Russian kicked and struck so furiously as to prevent the officer from making an arrest. Special Gibbons came up; but their united exertions failed to secure the Great Bear. At least half-a-dozen citizens took hold of the frantic inebriate before he yielded. Glover’s hand is very badly injured.

Daily Alta California, Sunday, January 18, 1863.

Reprinted in the Holy Trinity Cathedral LIFE, Vol. 6, No. 5, January 1999.