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Leahy, R. B. (ed.) / The progressive bee-keeper
Vol. XI [XIII], No. 11 (Nov., 1903)

[Articles and opinions pertaining to beekeeping],   pp. [293]-299


Page 295

in    'I l(Ai~i-;-~SL\ 1' lLIk~PLili
tlone." He propounds the question,
"why is it that the makers of founda-
tion persist in using the worker or
small cell dies for section foundation
instead of stamping drone cells on the
sheets?" and adds, "Natural combs is
generally composed of  large cells.
Bees are economical of wax and build
drone cells for the reason."
He also enlightens us as to a fraud
perpetrated in the good old city of
btetherly love: "There is one concern
in Philadelphia  which  sells what
is called "compound honey," to the
retail trade. There is very little
of the real article in the socalled
honey, the remainder being glucose.
The word "compound" is printed on
the labels in such small letters that un-
suspecting buyers are tempted by the
price to purchase, thinking they are
gettiug pure honey.
Among notes from Belgium we find
duriing the honey flow the bees ought
not to bedisturbed if possible. He had
two colonies on scales, doing about
equally well. One day he visited one
thoroughly for sone purpose or other
At night the on- undisturbed had in-
ereased its weight by four pounds inore
than the one visited.
-The following effective method of
branding robber bees is taken few
notes from Jamaica:
The, entire colony that is being rob-
bed is banked with hay which is freely
sprinkled withabrush dippeld in white-
wash containing about a tablespoonful
of turpentine. Every robber is branded
'white,' and the bee-keeper can then
detect the colony from which the rob-
hers are issuing, when the entrance is
forthwith  closed. No  matter how
thickly the haY is placed airound a col-
ony, the bee, get amnpe ventilation, and
at u igh t the covering may be removed.
The whitewashing is of course, superior
to dusting with flour: mnnd since it sat-
urates the hay, the bees get disguested
itsoon as their bodies get foul and
sticky, while the smell of the turpentine
adds to their disgust."
It is not absolutely necessary to cross
the great salt pond to learn that which
an Englishman complains of. namely:
"A certain proportion of the wax
that is offered for sale in the drug
market is grossly adulterated; not
artistically so as to require the services
of an analyst to detect the adulteration:
but with such things as stones, earth
and dead leaves, and some of it is very
wormV.
All of these things are a mere
sprinkling as compared to the shower
of good things bestowed by the Ameri-
can Beekeeper. American Bee Journ-
al culled from Rocky Mountain Bee
Journal. "those little insects are in the
alfalfa by the millions, and are in some
of the bee-hives eating up the honey.
resulting in only a fourth of a crop."
One more item for which to be thank-
ful, we Missourians have yet to become
acquainted with said insects.
This idea is also taken from the A us-
tralian Bee Bulletin:
--We, ourselves, have not used wired
foundation for several years, both on
account of its stretehing when the
frame is full of comb and honey, be-
came the horizontal stick across the
center of the frame is much better, and
less trouble to put in. We know a num-
ber of good bee-keepers who are adopt-
ing the stick-plan instead of wires.
And from Farmers Advocate the fol-
lowing valuable hint: "A matter which
is at present sadly neglected is the ad-
vertising of honey. The very beavens
resound with the names of food fads
and medicines, while the most pleasant
and nutritious of natural sweets is rom-
paratively unknown."
Editor  Yorli had decidedly  ihe
advantage of the other, on that lit-
tle sea voyage and  he must have
enjoyed it immensely. judging froim his
humorous description as given in the
Journal in this wise:


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