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Leahy, R. B.; Doolittle, G. M., 1846-1918 (ed.) / The progressive bee-keeper
Vol. VII, No. 9 (Sep. 1, 1897)

[Articles and opinions pertaining to beekeeping],   pp. [231]-241


Page [231]

1K PIRO1ElVH BEE-KEEPEIR
--A Journal Devoted to Bees, Honey, and Kindred Industries.-.--
50 Cents a Year.
PUBLISHED MONTHLY BY LEAHY MFG. CO.
VOL. VII.                HIGGINSVILLE, MO., SEP. 1, 1897.
NO. 9. .
SUSAN JANE.
BY WILL WARD M[TCHELL.
The evenincomes, and one by one,
The cows are strolling up the lane
Toward the lot. The sinking sun
Far down the blo begins to wane.
Beside the well a noisy cock
Crows lustily; some foolish fowls
Are cackling noisily. The stock
Are waiting, while a watchdog hawls.
The oak trees in the peaceful glow
Of dying day throw shadows still
Across the gleams which dimmer grow
Around the cottage on the hill.
A peace serenic seems to reign
Beneath the spreading oaken bou hs,
And charm the heart, when Susan Jane
Goes out to milk the waiting cows.
The farmer's dauhter. sweet and good,
Not over beautiful, nor fair.
Just budding into womanhood.
\Vinh laughing eyes and silken hair:
The very air is kind to fane,
The gentle kine a welcome "low"
For while her face is rather plain,
She has a heart of gold they know.
The white dogfennel thickly blooms
About the lot, and "jimsons", too.
Their beauty passing their perfumes.
Make beautiful the ground they strew.
The horses whinny by the gate.
'fill amply fed with corn and hay.
And Susan when the hour is late.
And milking done, i-. gone away.
Her brothers and her narents talk
Out in the porch awhile tonight,
But Susan takes a little walk
Across th- moonlit meadow bright.
She is not frightened. Hardly-no.
She's not alone-in fact is with
Her noble-hearted country beau,
Who boars the cognomen. John Smith.
A nd as she leanis upon his arm.
She listens with a happy pain,
A fairyland is this old farm
To he yelept John and Susan Jane.
And when le asks the old folks, "Can
I have your Jane? T love her so."
Her father (stony-hearted man)
Says teasingly, "Well. I dunn."
WAYSIDE FRAGMENTS.
SOMNAMBULIST.
VER-STOCKING       is likely to
prove an interesting thern to
many during the next year. Just as
we were settling back in apparent se-
curity, owing to Doolittle's soothing
assurances, along comes E. R. Root,
telling of his over-stocked yard, 300
colonies and nuclei. and adding that a
neighbor only half a mile away, with
colonies of equal strength, secured
three times the honey per hive that he
did. Over-stocking with a vengeance.
But that isn't all of it. He also con-
cludes that "bees do not usually fly
much over half a mile in quest of
storcs," but is wise enough to advise
keepinz out-aliaries at least two miles
apart.
So glad to learn of his conversion to
clipping. So restful to read Gleanings
since its change of costume.
L. A. Aspinwall, in Roview, reports
''no loafing colonies in his yard," and
ascribes his success along this line to
the use of dummies and the equaliza-
tion of colonies during May. Claims
we are today upon a better basis, as re-
gards profits, than when honey com-
manded twenty-five cents per pound,"
being able to "produce three times the
quantity with factory made supplies,
at a cost not exceeding the percentage
of former years."
In "Notes from Foreign Boe Jour-
nals, we find: "My experience is that
it is a decded advantage to have the
entrance as much in the sun as possi-
ble. Those with shady entrances. I
find, cluter around the entrance a


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