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Leahy, R. B.; Doolittle, G. M., 1846-1918 (ed.) / The progressive bee-keeper
Vol. VII, No. 9 (Sep. 1, 1897)

Editorial,   pp. 241-245


Page 243

THE PROGRESSIVE BEE-KEEPER.
restaurant, and turns out a large line of
boxes for manufacturers of different
commodities. They report an elegant
trade for the seasen. Mr. Eraest Root,
the vice-president of the concern, was
my escort most of the time while I was
at Medina. We chewed pepsin gum
together, exchanged ideas, and I ap-
preciated his frank, honest, social dis-
position very much. The Rents claim
they have made twelve million sec-
tions this season. Probably this is the
largest amount ever turned out by one
establishment in a single season.
Last but not least of the members of
this company, is Mr. J. T. Calvert,
secretary and business manager. Mr.
Calvert is a Canadian by birth, but a
naturalized American, and Mr. Root,
Sr.'s, son-in-law. He is a thorough bus-
iness man through and through, and
much of the success of the Root Co. is
attributable to him. About three o'-
clock in the afternoon, Ir. Calvert had
the family carriage brought around,
and took me over the town. and down
to the graveyard. At any other time a
visit to a graveyard would not have
made the impresssion on me that it
did that day, but I had been visiting
the homes of my ancestors, and it so
happened that at nearly every place in
the east I went, I would visit the grave-
yard before I left. I had visited the
grave of my mother, (I could not visit
the grave of my father, for his grave
was in the deep blue sea). I had visit-
ed graves of old friends, the friends of
my childhood, and as a last tribute had
placed  flowers upon their graves.
With all these melancholy scenes,
with all this gloom and decay, there is
a bright star that shines forth from
man's mortality here below: It is the
star that has guided so many, will
guide, I hope, all of us, to a better
world.
The printer tells me he has enouqk
for this time, so I will continue my
rambles in the next issue of the P. B. K.
Feed for Bees.-A    correspondent
wishes me to inform him through the
columns of the PROGRESSIVE BEE-
KEEPER, how to feed bees on sugar, as
the honey crop this year has been
short in his locality. There are two
ways of feeding bees on sugar, one of
which is to make the sugar into large
cakes of candy, weighing from five to
to fifteen pounds, which are laid over
the frames during winter for their win-
ter stores. During winter, the moist-
ure arising from the bees collects on
the candy, which moistens it to such
an extent that the bees can lick it up,
thus giving them a supply of food.
However, during a cold spell, it often
happens that the bees fail to cluster on
the candy, and the severe cold keeps
them from leaving the cluster to reach
it, and thus starvation often occurs,
which is not satisfactory to the bee-
keeper; hence this plan of feeding is
not practiced, only as the bees have
been neglected till cold weather pre-
vents  any other mode of feeding.
When a colony has a few pounds of
honey in the hive, to bridge over these
cold spells, this way of feeding is some-
times quite satisfactory. The second
plan, and the preferable one, is to
make the sugar into a syrup, which is
fed to the bees in feeders during the
warm days of this month and October,
so that they can store it in their combs,
and cap it over the same as honey.
Many think such stores better than
honey, but if plenty of honey is in the
hives. I should never extract it for the
sake of feeding sugar in any form. To
make the syrup, I find the following
formula the best, after trying nearly
all the different ways recommended:
Put fifteen pounds of water in any tin
vessel that will hold about twenty-four
quarts, placing the same over the fire
till the water boils. When boiling,
pour in slowly, thirty pounds of granu-
lated sugar, stirring as it is poured in,
so it will mostly dissolve, instead of
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