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Leahy, R. B.; Doolittle, G. M., 1846-1918 (ed.) / The progressive bee-keeper
Vol. VII, No. 8 (August 1, 1897)

[Articles and opinions pertaining to beekeeping],   pp. [205]-214


Page 206

THE PROGRESSIVE BEE-KEEPER.
nals until your eye catches some hint
of somethinz still undone. Catch me
longing for distant climes, with a nev-
er-ending honey season! N quarter of
the year of such hustling as we've had
this season is ample for any reasonable
man. And who wants to be called "on-
reasonable"?
To those haunted by fears of over-
stocking, Doolittle furnishes soothing
relief in one of his inimitable articles in
American Bee-Keeper, which he con-
cludes by saying: "Bees labor to ad-
vantage from four to seven miles from
their hives."
Close contact with the bees has made
Doolittle their lover, and has made of
him a close observer and clear. forcible
writer. While he gives freely of that
which he has gained by his studies,
and we are greatly indebted, we are
almost tempted to be jealous of the
great pleasure he daily derives from
this habit. To the more clearly ex-
press myself, T quote from Home De-
partment. Busy Bee:
"Many do not know the names of the
birds that flit about in the trees over
their heads; nor anything of plant life.
outside of the kitchen garden; nor of
t6e innumerable varieties of animal
life, except the domestic animals of
the farm, and the few inscets that in-
fest the house."
In short, when we consider the pleas-
ore derived from a little knowledge,
can we fail to realize that with an in-
crease of intelligence there must come
a corresponding increase of unalloyed
pl ,asure?
By the way. the editor of the Busy
Bee will have to keep a lookout lest
that Home Department eclipse some of
the other departments. But the edi-
tress is just a "leetle" hard on the
male sex when she makes such selec-
tions as, "The moaning plaint of the
male sex because so many young wom-
en go into other lines of life than that
of housekeeping, when superficially
considered, seems justified. The un-
varnished truth, however, is that very
few men are worth marrying. Men-
tally contrast, if you will, the young
men of your acquaintance with the
brave girls who earn their own liveli-
hood. and convince your e'f if you can,
that the lormer immoral, profine, to-
bacco-burning lot. are worthy of the
latter. When the "goneral run" of
young men become clean-hearted. in-
dustrious gentlemen, the female labor
problem   will. in a  great   part,
solve itself in that fine old institution
called love  and  matrimony.   The
American airl should refuse to wed
save with her eqial. and the average
American girl is hard to equal, and
can't be beat."
Has it come to this? Now just please
tell a fellow what to do. With A. I.
Root urging the old bachelors to seek
them a wife, whih they as promptly
proceed to do, and run in the face of
such a bannce as this woman flaunts to
the breezes and before the very eyes of
the already shy young ladies, isn't it
high time to ask what's to be done?
So systematicallz and thoroughly
has the molasses fakir worked a neigh-
borhood in Bolivar, the Free Press
says, that it would be an imposibility
to sell extracted honey at five cents a
pound there now. United States Bee-
Keepers' Union, take note.   Field
work here. Suspicion has seized upon
the people, and reigns supreme. Why,
only yesterday, while trying to intro-
due goods (prime white clover comb
honey) to an unknown customer, he
asked how many sections to the ship-
ping case, and when told. Twelve, he
actually pried up the cover to see if I
had told the truth. "Yes," said he,
"3x4,"   as   though    be     had
thought    it   impossible.   Just
how much we shall be indebted to the
public's active imagination for bright
ideas along this line, only the great fu-
ture shall develop. With an unusual


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