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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.
her.  Next morning, after a good
breakfast of fried chicken, delicious
honey, toast and milk, prepared by
Aunt Huldah, I prepared to start on
my journey once more. The old auntie
asked me if she should tell "Nangelis"
that I would call again. Yes, Somny,
I surely will call again, but wihen, I can-
not just now say. -Ed].
The belief that ants store up during
the summer food for the winter months
is so ancient that its origin cannot be
determined. It is mentioned in the
earliest Indian writings and in Chinese
literature of 2000 to 3000 years before
Christ. while allusions are made to it
in Egyptian poems which probably an-
tedate the Chinese records. A men-
tion is made of it in Solomon's Prov-
erbs, where the sluggard is encouraged
to take example from the ant, "which,
having no guide, overseer nor ruler,
provideth her meat in the summer and
gathereth her food in the harvest."
The superstition received general cre-
dence until the lynx-eyed naturalists of
the last thirty years began to turn
their attention to the habits of these
industrious creatures, when it was dis-
covered they do not lay up food for the
winter, nor indeed at all, living from
hand to mouth like all other insects,
and indeed lower animals of every
kind. The ants have no storehouses,
nor do they need any, for during the
cold weather, like many other creat-
ures of low organization, they are in a
torpid condition.-Globe-Democrat.
THE BEE=KEEPERS' UNION ONCE MORE
An Interesting and Valuable Article.
PROF. A. J. COOK.
Gleanings in Bee Culture.
AM reluctant to speak further
upon the above subject; but
Mr. Newman's letter in July Ist Glean-
ings, and the importance of the sub-
ject, impel me to a further word.
I am very sorry if I misquoted Mr.
Newman, and even more sorry if I mis-
represented him. I have had high ap-
preciation of his services, and have had
only the kindest feelings regarding
him.
I am   sure I need  not say that
any thought of antagonism to him has
never been in my mind.
History.
In the last vote, I believed (and I
think many others did) that we were
voting only on the question of amalga-
mation. I voted no-not that I was
opposed to amalgamation per se, but
only because I felt that many of the
members were, and that we should not
force the change upon them. It seems
to me today that this was a correct po-
sition.
Others    thought   the    Union
should not be tied to the National As-
sociation, or at least that such a mar-
riage would not be wise, and hence the
large vote against amalgamation. I
did not suppose the failure to amalga-
mate would result in the formation of
two Unions, but, the rather, if the
marriaYe was not consummated, the
old Union would lock horns with adul-
teration-would hitch on its whole
force to aid co-operation, and would
eagerly grasp any lever that would
help to raise bee-keeping to a higher
plane of success.
The Status Today.
Amalgamation was lost. We have
two organizations, kindred in their
general plan and make-up, requiring
the same machinery for their work-
the one tied, possibly by vote of its
members, though I am not sure of that,
but certainly by the views of its mana-
ger, to one limited, and, as it seems to
me, rather unimportant line of work at
the present time; the other, ready to
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