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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 207

THE PROGRESSIVE BEE=KEEPER.
crop to dispose of, where's the bee-
keerer who does not realize that it is
growing more and more difficult to sell
a surplus over that demanded by his
regular customers? Selling extracted
honey this time of year is simply out
of the question, so that one must make
provisions to carry all over anti! it has
granulated.  Admitting that   hard
times has much to do with it all, does
not this suspicion, that will not down,
have more?
R. C. Aikin, in Gleanings, says, "If
there were ten times as much honey
produced, the-e would be some induce-
muent for capitalists to start packing
houses, depots. or honey headquarters,
in every city, so that when we have
honey to sell, we should have a place
to put it."
All right, if the trade-mark of said
concern carried enough weight with it
to kill off this growing monster, suspi-
cion.  His theory of putting up in
cheap tins, like fifuit, looks altogether
feasible. With us. extracted honey is
more often styled "bucket honey" by
our grocers, than by any other term,
because it has universally been put up
in cheap tin buckets. But this style of
package is objectionable on account of
the honey often oozing out from be-
neath the lid, and also because dust
will sometimes find its way beneath
the cover. With a sealed lid. both
these objections would be overcome;
beside, the packages need not be han-
dled "right side up with care." The
cost of packages for extracted honey.
has greatly retar'ded improvements
along that line.
Each season we are regaled with ac-
counts of people having been greatly,
and sometimes fatally, injured by bee
stings. In recitai of such cases, we in-
variably find the statement that owing
to the victim having been covered with
perspiration, the bees became madden-
ed, etc., and nearly every time the ac-
cidents occur whilst engaged in hiving
swarms.
Now all practical bee-keepers know
less stinging occurs in bivino swarms
than during any other operation con-
nected with the manipulation of bees,
and would not anyone's common sense
tell them that to hive swarms without
more or less of perspiration, were an
impossibility? Too many of these ac-
cidents arise from ignorance of bees
and their ways-for bees have ways.
It LOOKS so easy to hive a swarm, and
Is so easy, provided a little considera-
tion  and  caution are used. Many
think it a fine opportunity for the dis-
play of bravado or courage. In such
cases, double the proportion of caution
would most probably ward off all evil
results. Caution by no means signifies
fear, nor does it In the least indicate a
lack of courage.
For ordinary stings, soda and salt,
with just enough flour to make the
compound stick, furnishes ready relief.
subdues the swelling, and orevents the
soreness so often experienced when
nothing is applied.
Ho, for Buffalo! is the cry now. The
G. A. R. people are advertising our
convention for us. Scarcely can we
pick up a paper but that we find some
reference to Buffalo. May the meet-
ing be the grandest one up to date, is
the sincere wish of Sommy.
Naptown, Dreamland.
REMOVING COMB HONEY FROM       THE
HIVE.
A. B. MELLEN.
Pacific Ree.Journal.
FTER the bees have made a
Nreally fine article of comb
honey. it is often rmaterially injured by
the inexperienced bee-keeper in remov-
ing it from the hive and packing it in
the shipping cses. The first move in
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