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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 296

THE PROGRESSIVE BEE-KEEPER,
"We all finally got aboard the boat
for Catalina-the famous outing place
of Southern (Ulifornia. The boat hadn't
g'one far before some of the passengers
seemed to feel as if they had had too
much breakfast. So they began to
"unload," and thus help the fish out
with 'a bite to eat." Dr. Miller con-
cluded he'd better go into the cabin and
sit down, and mneditate on what he
"didn't know." Mr. Hyde couldn't find
a vacant seat or chair, or any place to
hide, so he sprawled out on the carpet-
ed floor, and tried to "enjoy" himself.
He was a perfect picture homesickness,
lonesomeness, seasickness, and general
goneness and despair. He wasn't a bit
sociable. and that is an unusual con-
dition for him. We really enjoyed the
ride all the way, our stomach keeping
right side np and in good shape all the
time.'
In the sisters department is found.
Alva Agee, in the National Stockman
and Farmer, gives the following for
driveways, walks etv:
"All grass and weeds can be exter-
minated indriveways, walks, etc., by a
very strong solution of blue vitriol. I
prefer to disolve one pound of the blue-
stone to each one gallon of water, and
enough of the solution is used to wet
the surface of the ground slightly.
It is far superior to salt. To dissolve
as many pounds of the bluestone as
there are gallons of water, it is neces-
sary to suspend it in a bag at the sur-
face of the water, as the strongest solu-
tion sinks to the bottom of the barrel.
The solution eats through tin quickly."
Why would this not be a line [hing to
use in the apiary to keep down the
grass and weeds around the hives?
Miss Wilson also gives some spect-
inens of how bee-keeping is taught in
the school books of the great stato of
Texas as follows:
'Firnt of all we see some half-dozen
bees around the door. If we approach
too .ear the front of the hive. One of
these sentries will dash forward with
an angry buzz; and if we do not wisely
take the hint, the brave little soldier
will soon return with help from the
guard-room to enforce the command."
Fancy across bee letting up to go and
get some other bee to do the stinging.
"The honey-gatherers and the 'wax-
gatherers' carry their stores in their
throats."  Do they gather the wax
from flowers, or where? and is so much
wax in their throats a sure preventive
of croup? Just one more precious bit:
"The honey-gatberers and    'way-
gatherers' draw in the sweet juices from
flowers by their 'trunks,' The 'trunks.'
serves as a mouth and pump. The
liquid passes through this into the
throat. and is thus carried to the hive."
Isn't that richness for you?
On the succeeding page Hasteygives
us an entirely dilerent view of Texas:
"Texas the only state having an ex-
perimental apiary, and the apiary
manuel. Hardly thought it. Well.
one out of Uncle Sam's family of forty-
five is some better than that apiculture
should be totally ignored. Credit to
Texas.
Regarding an   appropriate honey
vehicle he shows his piractical side i
these words:
"You've right to agitate for just the
right kind of a honey transporter about
the apiary. I use a hand cart, which
is much better than a wheelbarrow in
some   respets-%worse if   anything,
about getting tipped over; and the lift's
are too high. Just comes to me that
perhaps a four wheeled hand care is
the thing-a hand care with the body
all in front of the wheels and low down
and furnished in front with two wheels
no bigger than plow wheels. which
some are to carry, or to be carried. ac-
cording to load and ciriumstances.
Must our vehicle have springs or can
we do without them?"


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