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Bennett, B.S.K. (ed.) / The Pacific bee journal
Vol. 5, No. 10 (October, 1902)

[Articles and opinions pertaining to beekeeping],   pp. [237]-246 PDF (3.0 MB)

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the price to the consumer without in-
jury to the article wants to be met.
In the first place 4t does not lower
the price, as it is sold as honey, and
brings honey price. Then you have
but to cite Selser's experience in
Phila, to show that it not only dis-
places that amount of honey but works
a far greater injury in distroying the
trade. You can assure them that the
central and northern part of the
State is all open for bee keepers, and
that if the industry is protected, as
the law requires, people will come to
this State by the thousand to engage
in bee-keeping. No dagoes, but the
vEry best class of people, if you
should find that the city chemist is
not up on the analysis of honey give
him Selser's address. William A. Sel-
ser, 10 Vine street, Philadelphia, Pa.,
as you mqy know, makes a business
of analyzing honey. I think he would
help the city chemist out if he would
ask him to. If you can impress the
Board of Trade with the extent and
value of the industry, and its great
future, if protected, and convince them
that the few packing houses of San
Francisco that are mixing glucose and
honey are doing it solely for gain, and
will ruin our reputation, unless they
are stopped, it would be everything.
I hardly know who are the greatest
sinners. Almost all of the wholesale
groceries pack honey as do all of the
packing houses. The brand coming
into this section is that of the Pacific
Coast Syrup Company. They put theirs
up under the brand of "Wild Rose,"
a piece of honey in a jar and the jar
filled up with -1 It would be an
easy matter for you to purchase a
sample jar of the different packers
and turn them over to the city chem-
ist to test. As you know, the com-
mission houses of San Francisco all
belong to one association; it fixes the
prices, both buying and selling. Early
last season one of them notified me,
"That price for this season will be
4 cents," and it was. Another house
wrote me, "A party brought a load of
honey to our door. We offered him
4 cents. He peddled it all over the
city and brought it back and dumped
it down at 'our door for 4 cents." Now
they simply rang up the other houses
and asked them to offer, say 3 cents,
and the poor devil that had the honey,
finding he could get but 3 cents every-
where else, tooa it back and accepted
4 cents. The present lot of honey
in San Francisco will be used as a
club to force prices down; if it could
be moved and only cost secured, so
as to strip San Francisco bare, it
would be a good business move. I
wrote Smith's Cash Store to advise
with you and I see they have done so.
You ought to be able to pick up some
of the commission houses and depart-
ment stores as well. If you handle
the business of the stockholders at
cost where are the ten per cent. div-
idends to come from?
Tropical Competition Cuba's bulk is
Not to be Feared.   mind's eye of
largely in the
Northern bee-keepers. Texas is ten
times as big. Honey sells for more
money in Europe; one cent per pound
tariff on honey to the United States
Jamaica honey goes to England; this
honey brings $6 per 100 pounds, while
best California honey brings $10; the
United States should devote its atten-
tion to putting adulterators in jail,

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