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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.
the supers deserted, and as nice filled
sections-a full ninety pounds-of good
honey as even Missouri can boast or.
I find it is the minor details of bee-
keeping most beginners require. the
very information that the experienced
b e farmer seldom deigns to give LIS.
What the other colonies will do a
little later on, is a matter ot (oljec-
ture.
The honey flow has been pretty good
this season in our immediate vicinity-
eight miles from the center of Chicago
-as you remnember when here.
Chicago.
A LAND OF WONDERS.
Fron "Missouri. Imperial Mistress of States.'
SOURI is not only great in all
that is essential to the hap-
piness and comfort of mankind, where
homes may he provided with both the
necessities and iuxuries of life, all pro-
duced within her own boundaries, but
she  offers attractions to travelers,
tourists, and her own people, unsur-
passed by the scenery on the Hudson.
and unrivaled by many places to which
the lovers of the beautiful have been
directed.
The beautiful Osage River with its
high cliffs and beautiful valleys, dense
forests, and deep gulches, and lovely
islands, is well worth a visit even by
those familiar with what have been
deemed the most picturesque spots on
earth.
The   Current  River, pouring its
sparkling waters through deep canons
of solid rock-again leisurely wending
its way through fertile valleys bordered
by bluffs that nature has wrought into
parks unsurpassed in magnificence of
scenery, her forests of towering pines
and sturdy oaks interspersed with ever-
greens shaped by nature's hand, her
innumerable springs bursting from im-
prisonm'nt behind walls of granite
and mountains of marble, pouring Out
their crystal waters in such abundance
as to indicate the existence of mighty
subterranean streams walled in by ores
of inestimable value, and that in the
future must Yield to Missouri fabulous
wealth, is worthy of a visit, a study of
the intelligent tourist, and to the
pleasure seeker offers unbounded oo-
portunities.
But nature, as if unable to place all
the attractions designed for this impe-
rial domain on the surface, has invaded
the dark recesses of her mountains and
given to Missouri caves of immense
magnitude and wondrous beauty. SAy
to an American tourist that Svitzer-
land had discovered a cave finished in
glittering onyx, and millions of Amer-
ican money would be spent in visiting
it, and volumes would be written on its
fascinating beauty; yet in Missouri
such caves, rivaling in magnificence
and brilliancy the royal splendor of a
Solomon's Temple, designed and finish-
ed under the direction of a Supreme
Architect to evince the unlimited re-
sources and wondrous skill of nature's
God, are numerous, and in the profu-
sion of our dazzling wonders attract but
little attention.
Marble Cave in Stone county, Percy
cave in Greene county, and a dozen
others in the state, are unrivaled in
beauty. and unsurpassed as great natu-
ral curiosities.
One room in the Percy Cave, per-
haps 200 feet in diameter and 100 feet
to the ceiling. which is studded with
in numerable stalactites of various sizes,
catching the rays from electric lights,
and reflecting from a million scintillat-
ing points suspended in groups of im-
nense size that have probably been a
million  years in formation, extend
downward from the brilliant canopy
above and unite with glittering stalag-
mites below, forming massive pillars
of support of intricate and marvelous
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