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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


Page 232

THE PROGRESSIVE BEE-KEBPER.
great deal more than if exposed to the
sun's rays."-G. H. Arkinstall.
In the same number of the Review,
ye editor expresses himself in this
wise: "In an apple orchard where the
trees are so large and the branches so
a   long that the twigs can shake hands
with one another, is an ideal spot for
an apiary." Truly, "Many roads lead
to Rome."
The victims to the breaking down of
combs seem to have been many, plainly
indicating the season to have been a
trying one in this respect. One could
scarcely handle the combs in the heat
of the day, even in the shade.
This decision of W. Z. Hutchinson is
further fortified by his friend, Koep-
pen, who claims that bees standing in
the shade of trees have done better
than those standing in the sun; and by
the editor of Gleanings, who has this
to say on the subject:
"For myself, at least, I have decided
that the ideal place for an apiary is in
an  orchard  where there are low,
spreading trees. Grape vines do toler-
ably well, but they do not protect the
apiarist; and at this time of year. when
the shade is most needed, they are
sending out shoots and branches that
interfere with the handling of the
hive; and grape vines do require an ex-
cessive amount of trimming, just at
the time bees need the most attention."
This not only smacks of the practi-
cal, but is assuredly practical, as the
Roots have undoubtedly long ere this
investigated every known and many a
generally unknown quirk and curl con-
nected  with  bee-keeping.  In my
youthful, highly enthusiastic bee-keep-
ing experience, when I spent much
time poring o'er the pages of "A B C",
how my heart did long, yea, yearn, for
a duolicate apiary of that neat and or-
namental one therein illustrated, with
its tastily trimmed grape vines, and
regular ornamental arrangement of
neatly painted hives, the ornate ap-
pearance of the whole highly embel-
lishing the surrounding landscape.
[Sommy, one rarely ever forgets a
pretty picture, and had you seen the
real apiary of the "Home of the Honey
Bees," I doubt if you would have writ-
ten as you have above. During the
month of August, I called on the Root
Company, but failed to find the apiary
illustrated as described in the front
pages of the A B C book. It is true
they have an apiary, and uite a large
one; but, 0, my! In place of nicely
painted hives, the graen, close-cout
grass, and neatly trimmed grape vines
trailed uniformly over painted trellis-
es, there seemed to be demoralization,
neglect and decay. Why, one cannot
pick out the rows of hives, and as for
"all nicely painted," why, some of the
hives looked as though they had never
been introduced to paint at all. The
scene reminded me a good deal of an
experience I had in Illinois some years
ago when I called on a friend. As I
came near the place, I noticed things
did not look natural any more. It
seemed that all the farm and house-
hold possessions had been brought
intc the house lot. There were a num-
ber of old and new boxes of all sizes
and descriptions. All seemed disorder
and confusion. I inquired if there had
been a cyclone over night  To this, a
little boy replied, "Nope; Pop's goin'
to Kansas." From the look of the
Root apiary, one might judge that
"Pop", and the whole family, were
"goin' to Kansas," No, Summy, you
have no need to be jealous of the api-
ary at the "Home of the Honey-Bees,"
as in appearance it does not look as
well as yours.-Ed].
Surely, I could nOt be charged with
being devoid of astbetic aspirations,
but at the same time the practical
within me would keep jumping to the
front, similar to a puppet, for its share
of consideration. In other words, the-
oretically, it all seemed beautiful, to
behold, but there the particular useful-
ness of all this extra care not only came
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