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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


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THE PROGRESSIVE BEE=KEEPER.
them at the close of tte fall flow than
be obliged to feed syrup (which should
be done early, if it has to be done at
all. I think fall feeding much btter
than winter or spring feeding. If the
bees have plenty food for winter, we
are not obliged to tear open the brood
nest every few days to see what the
bees need, or what they are doing. It
is something like the man who grafted
one of his fruit trees. After the tree
was grafted, he would go every little
while and pull the graft out just to see
what it was doing, replacing it after
each examination. The result was
he had a dead graft for his trouble.
Much tinkering with bees in winter is
apt to result in the loss of the colony
tinkered with. However, they should
not be allowed to starve at any time
for the need of attention. In fixing
them for winter, don't neglect putting
the cushions on over the brocd nest, as
it is very essential to safe wintering.
This can be done at any time after the
season's close and before cold weather.
On August 7, a few minutes before
5 o'clock p. m., I had a swarm come
off, and they started I guess for the
Klondyke gold fields by the direction
they took, I captured them, and put
them in a queenless colony. The next
day they found a honey mine, and
worked it for all there was in it, even
if it was Sunday.
I see in the editorial, page 216, Au-
gust PROGRESSIVE, that the editor will
be glad to hear from our Idaho friend,
in regard to the resources of that
locality or state for the keeping of
bees. Now will you refuse us the
treat? I hope not.
August 14.-A much needed rain fell
last night.
I wish the editor much pleasure and
success in his trip abroad, and hope he
will tell the readers of the PROGRESS-
IVE about it when he gets back.
Chillicothe, Mo.
A CITY BEE=KEEPER.
EMM DEE.
OOD    MORNING,     dear  PRO-
GRESSiVE. Charming weather
we have. You greet me monthly with
your bright and sprightly face, ever
welcome.
I want to shake Sommy-by the
hand, I mean-in recognition of his
bright sayings. His articles both
amuse and interest-a rare quality in
a correspondent.
A very recent experience of mine
makes Bro. Mellen's article on remov-
ing honey from the hive, of special in-
terest to me. Shall I tell you about
it? Well, you see, I'm a young bee-
keeper, though old in years. I have
four colonies in my garden that have
been pretty busy of late. One had
three supers, thirty-two s netions each.
I took off the top one in the morning,
and saw another full one just below it.
So in the evening I took the second one
off, and to my surprise, noticed the
third lower was also filled. So I took
it off, too. Having never had a simi-
lar experience, I felt like the circus
man with the white elephant-didn't
know what to do with it. Why? Be-
cause the supers were so full of bees I
couldn't take out the sections. Eh?
Why. blese you I did smoke 'em, but
they kept playing hid-and-scek with
me. They'd go to the other side from
the one I was smoking, and so on.
Novices in bee lore ought to be told
about such difficulties. I rushed off to
find my chief source of information--
Bro. York-but he was non esl, as the
lawyers say; not at home yet, in other
words. So I came back to think the
matter out. After a little more smok-
ing, I concluded to leave the pesky
things to their own stubbornness. The
night air must have cooled off their
ambition, because this morning I found
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