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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 233

THE PROGRESSIVE BEE=KEEPER.
to an end, but partly clashed, in my
mind, with the practical. In   one
sense it was self-evident that the grape
vines would develop into a nuisance,
though I scarcely dared, even to my-
self, antagonize an opinion originating
from so high an authority. Of course
it gives my self-conceit, of which no
doubt you think I've already more than
my share, quite a lift to have him
come out publicly after all these long
years they've been publishing the A B
C, and confirm me in my opinion.
While the dilettante can scarcely re-
sist against a weakness toward the
honey bee and its active work, he must
not sacrifice the practical if he would
secure financial success as a bee-
keeper. However, that alluring little
picture served me many a good turn,
when introduced as evidence against
the widely prevailing sentiment con-
cerning the partial or total destruc-
tion of grapes by the honey bee.
And these thoughts remind me of
the raisin grower, (see May 1st Glean-
ings), who was also a bee-keeper, pro-
ducing the former by the car-load, and
honey by the ton. His experience was
almost identical with that of the Dad-
ants, wine-growers and bee-keupers,
namely, that clouds of bees would fol-
low the freshly picked grapes even to
their final destination, were that possi-
ble, to secure the oozing juice, which
tearing from the stem had started, but
as soon as that was cleaned away,
their work was fruitless, and being so,
the grapes were abandoned.
No bee-keeper possesses a higher re-
gard for the various "authorities" in
bee-keeping than does your humble
servant, hut what is one to do when
coming face to faeo with such para-
graphs as are to be found in Hasty's
"Review of current bee writings," a
few of which allow me to dish up:
"Mr. Axtell says-"
Now, Bro. Hasty, unless my memory
serves me wrong. 'twas yrs. A. What
kind of a man are you, anyway, that
you're not willing to give due credit
where it belongs, and to a woman, too?
Are you of those who believe "no good
can come out of Nazareth?" or so much
of a bachelor that you disdain to recog-
nize a woman? Permit me, now that I
am started, to call your attention to
another item: Some time past you had
occasion to speak of Americans, or the
great American nation, and did it with
a small "a". Presumably, this was a
typographical error-"s'pect" that's
what you will want to claim, at any
rate, but I wanted to get at you right
then. But to return to the remainder
of the paragraph:
"-Have on the supers, even before
they are needed, to keep the swarming
fever down." To which he (Hasty) re-
plies:  "Plausible, and  sometimes
works, no doubt, but the opposite tac-
tics are more frequently correct I
think-make them swarm as soon as
possible, and have it over with."
Again, "Dr. Miller, rejoices that so
strong a support as R. C. Aikin endor-
ses bottom starters, and is glad what
he did when ha invented them. Baa!
None of 'em for me, and the least possi-
ble of any other kind, (italics mine) 'cept
when I can have starters of nice clean
comb."
And here's the way he goes for an-
other friend, to me unknown: "I. N.
Beckwith thinks it a practical way to
dispose of combs of candied honey, to
uncap them, and hang in a very warm
and damp place for a few days, after
which the entire contents of the cells
can be thrown out by the extractor."-
American   Bee  Journal, page 163.
"Eating is the proof of that kind of
pudding; if it works, all right."
Merciless Hasty! As merciless as
my bees, which kept the steam up con-
tinuously this summer for weeks, as
though to give notice that no faltering
by the wayside was allowable. And
all through this strain, I kept promis-
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