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Bennett, B.S.K. (ed.) / The Pacific bee journal
Vol. 5, No. 10 (October, 1902)

[Cover] The Pacific bee journal,   pp. [229]-234 PDF (1.8 MB)

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honey yield comes later, in July to
October. Inasmuch as this is prolong-
ing the honey season to seven months
for our company, it might be asked,
"Why not move the bees from South-
ern to Central California?" I would
oppose several reasons to this. (1.)
The removal of an apiary abandons
the field to others; (2) the expense;
(3) an apiary that has just secured a
crop of honey would not be fitted for
gathering another so soon, without re-
queening and much building-up work.
We have now planted over 20,000
colonies, where, in a good honey sea-
son, we shall get a seven months'
flow. Now, in order to fill up the five
months' gap, and make the honey flow
continuous all the year round for our
company, let us establish 10,000 colo-
nies in Cuba, where the main flow
comes from November to April.
Let us sum up the advantages: The
leading one is the elevation of the in-
destry to a position of certainty. If I
own stock in the company I am sure
to realize a good percentage, even if
there is a failure at one point. If a
bee-keeper has put his bees in as stock
h is interested in all of the locations,
and if his crop fails, another location
vill bring him a revenue; but when
the yield is good in all the locations
his dividends would be no small
Another good feature about this
combination is the inducement held
out to young men to take up the busi-
ness as an all-the-year-round and life
vocation. At present there is no in-
ducement, for the business in one lo-
cation is short and uncertain. A
skilled bee-keeper (and no other need
apply), who put his bees into the com-
pany could secure work the year
Then the grading and marketing of
honey could be brougnt to something
systematic, and be in the hands of
skillful managers.
The capitalist must step in with his
money, and, as I have reason to know,
th plan above meets with his ap-
p7 oval.
This plan can be organized in Cali-
fc.rnia, Texas and Cuba, or any other
locality that will bring a continuous
honey yield. Private parties are carry-
irg the scheme out in a small way to-
Established 1870
Comb and Extracted Honey in Car Lots
PEYCKE BROS. & CO., Des Moines          PEYCKE BROS. A CHANEY, St. Louis
*     You need one or more Italian queens early in October.  Mine
are second to none. Tested, $1.00; warranted purely mated (nearly
all are) 75 cents each. Free circular explains discounts for quan
tities. You need a first class book just revised and enlarged-
that's Cook's Manual of the Apiary; by mail $1.20. Warranted
hqueen and Manual, $1.75.
W. A. H. GILSTRAP, Modesto, Cal.

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