Page images
PDF
EPUB

Barnes. W. F., 148, Blanchard, J. N., 148, 195. Bessey, C. E., 156, 177, 204, 2H, 294. Bardwell, D, J., 174. Bittenbender, J. W., 182. Barnum Bros., 184. Barrett, L. 193. Benton, B. F., 193. Bridge, K, L., 196. Bickerton, H., 197. Вее. keeper, A., 199. Bryant, I. S., -20. Bailey, M., 220. Brintnall, E. P., 220. Brush, H, L., 2 12. Bohart, B. H., 213. Bynum, G. H., 241. Botts, S, T., 230. Bacon, R., 266. Benton, Frank, 286. Braught, D. E., 300. Briggs, Rev. E. L., 305. Butler, S. S., 300.

Coleman, J., 291. Coe, J. S., 36, 105, 117, I 16. Chapman, A., 47, 176. C., J., 51. Christ, Wm., 79, Clarke, Rev. W.F., 81, 143, 277. Cameron, R. C., 88. Cullen, M. M., 88. Crist, H., 111. Clark, E. D,, 1:2. Cook, Prof. A. J., 116, 145, 266, 267, 303. Culver, E., 118. Curnutt, W. W., 118, 220, 271. Cotton, Mrs. L. E., 120. Chapman, F. W., 116, 148, 162. Carr, Wm., 150. Curtis, S. L., 161. Cooperrider, A., 168. Case, N., 193, 242. Cramer, I. W., 196, 212. Clough, C. R., 245. Crosby, A. N., 252. Conklin. J. W., 256. Caldwell, J. V., 257. Copeland, J., 262, 289. Crowfoot Bros., 266. Curry, R. L., 267. Chamberlin, E., 271, Crane, J. A., 288.

Dick, J. W., 7. Dunken, Paul, 7. Dean, G. W., 12. Dadant, CP.. 22, 107, 151. Davis, J. L., 47, 118. Divekey, J., 18. Draper, A. N., 78. Deahle, H., 86. Dadant, Ch. 129, 205, 232, 235, 239, 299. Doolittle, G. M., 173. Davidson, A. J., 215. Dallas, C. E., 220. Davis, W. J., 220. Dickson. R., 221. Day. L. E., 244. De Lair, E., 214. Davis, F. R., 256. Dunn, J.W., 262, 269. Dodge, C., 291. Dyer, W., 295.

Edgar, 35, 185. Edmond, John, 112. Emmons, J., 119. Elwood, P. H., 132. Eccentric, 139. Éverett, W. P., 213. Emerson, J., 294.

Flick, H. H., 25. Franklin, B., 19. Forman, G. W., 51. F D. W., 112. Frazer, J. McG. 177. Follett, 'W.K., 198. Folsom, L. S. W., 200. F., M., 218. Fox, C. J., 252. Frederick, C. A., 267. Flory, J. F., 271.

Guenther, J. H., 8. Godfrey, E, D., 8, 272. Garihan, W. H., 77. Griffin, T. E., 79. Grimm. Adam, 88, 117, 231. Guenther, J. H., 119, 221. Greene, A. P., 193, Glasgow, F. M., 197. Greene J. W., 210, 287, 269. Garlick, G., 217. Greer, I. N., 245. G.,252. Greening, C. F., 268. Greer, N. 'M., 272. Gadsey, J. E., 293. Grout, W. H. S., 295, 311. Gallup, E., 298, Gordon, W. L., 313. Gravenhorst, C. J. H., 314.

Harris, Mrs. W., 7. Heustis, Job, 7. Hart, A. H., 17. H., 26, 177. Heddon, J., 55, 59, 67,102, 125, 161, 189, 233, 236. Hogue, L. B., 36.' Hetherington, J. E., 96, 201. Hill, A. G., 102, 121. Heath, H. S., 111. Haines, H., 111. Hall, s. W., 111. Harmon, J., 118. Halbleib, 0. 119. Hershey, E., 120. Harrison, T. W., 120. Hayes, W. J., 120. TIerr, A. B., 140. Hall, Mrs. D. M., 151. Hendryx, H. G., 151. Hazen, J., 182. Hill, E. J., 194. Horner, G. W., 197. Hale, S. S., 197. House, W. B., 204. Harbison, J. S., 214. Hester, M. C., 216. Hunter, John, 218. Hasbrouck, J., 251. Harper, W. M., 266, Harrison, R. W., 267. Hack, C., 268. Haskin, A. S., 270. Hunt, G., 291. Hill, J. S., 299.

Isham, C. R., 10. Ilisch, G., 220, 291. Johnson, T. W., 28. Johnson, M., 17. Jones, R. T., 79, 129, 176, 194, 271. Jordan, E. C., 86. Jones, J., 112. Johnson, J. E., 174. Johnson, J. H., 195. Jones, D. A., 197, 258. Jones, R. McK., 22. Johnson, J. I., 267. Johnson, Julius, 282.

Kruschke, J. D.. 21), 50, 138, 235. Klum, M. S., 50. Kimpton, E., 90. Kepler, D., 108. Kellogg, W. M., 174, 197, 233, 234, 270, 272. Keyes, Mrs. A. D., 191. Kendig. C., 198. Keenan, J., 220, 269. Kearns, J. E., 221. Kronshage, B., 212. Krueger, F., 269. Kellogg, N. S., 270. Ketcham, D. M., 295.

Loud, S. W.,8. Lee, Joseph, 26. Lane, C. F., 33. Linswick, C., 63, 99. Lynn, J. F., 77. Larch, E. C. L., 78, 99, 174, 276. Lucas, A. S., 78. Lashbrook, T., 79, Lippincott, J. H., 80. Lee, H. S., 87. Larkins, J., 88. Larkins, Mrs. V.M., 119, 271. Liston, E., 136, 190, 211, 213. Lynch, W. W., 116, 181. Levering, X., 118, 174, 241. Lunderer, B., 163, 216, 232, 234. Lewis, E., 168,

195. Lewis, L. W., 177. Livingston, T. W., 177, 244. Lingle, B. M., 177, 200, 272. Lehmann Bros., 197. Lindley, L. M., 2 12. Legg, L., 249. Langstroth, Rev. L. L., 249, 275. Lamb, W.,294.

Marquis, T. N., 7. Morriss, Mrs. N. G., 8. McGaw. T. G., 46, 101. McDowell, J. H., 49. M., A. H., 50. Millett, D. C., 55. Mason, H. D., 56. Merrian, G. F., 59. Monteith, J., 63. Marsh, S. K., 68, 86, 131, 135, 159, 209, 245, 286. Morris, W., 79. Myers, J. B., 80. Mason, A. B., 87, 169. Muth, C. F., 110, 147, 167, 189, 217. 298. McColm, L., 110. McBride, P., 111. Minick, J. S., 119. Murphy, R. R., 120, 250. Moore, W. W., 120, 163. Miller, R.. 136, 116. Mallery, M. M., 155. Madsen, Mrs. H., 168. McNeill, J. W., 169. M., W. A., 169. M., C., 169. Morgan, R., 180, 221, 269. Mobley, G. M., 187. Miller, P., 189. Miller, S., 193. McDermott, C., 191. Marsh, C., 197. Mahin, Rev. M., 201. Mehring. J., 202. Moore, J. P., 210, 260. M., 212, Mayerhoffer, R., 253. Murdock, J. H.; 266. Mellen, R. H., 289. Miner, T. B., 290.

Nellis, J. H., 32, 68, 75, 83, 176, 250, 301, 311. Newcomb, W. E., 77. Norbury, W. K., 87. Noble, L. J., 191. Nichollson, W. N., 198, 266.

Ogden, D. H., 16, 117, 116, 211. 0., A., 204. Observer, 238. Oliver, H. K., 258.

Proctor, A. H., 11. Pelham, W. C., 14, 82, 190, 211. Palmer, D. D., 15, 80, 123, 236, 313. Patterson, D., 48. P., S. H., 18. Porter, S., 50. Pike, D. A., 58, 167, 216. Purvis, L. G., 77. Piper, Geo. M., 78. Porter, Dr. D. R., 87, 135. Patterson, W. F., 88. Perkins, N., 116. Perrine, c. 0., 118, 147, 165, 245. Pike, E., 119. P., J. F.. 168. Phillips, E. V., 187. Prentice, N. E., 197. Porter, J. W., 198. Pierson, T., 266. Porter, W., 267. Parks, A., 271. Pryner, J.H.W., 289. Patterson, J., 295.

Root, H., 7. R., W. S., 30. Roop, H., 17, 212. 214. Rockwood, J. E., 81, 108, 148. Rush, Dr. W. B., 87, 93, 170., 289, 294, 308, 300. Ruggles, S., 120, 198. Rasmussen, W.M., 181. 199, 239. Rapp. J. B., 193. Reist, P. S., 197. Roberts, J., 320. Riley, Prof. C. V., 210, 257. 293. Root, L. C., 210. Rooker, J., 24. Richie, J. E., 245, 281, 2:25.

Sharp, Isaac, 7, 193. Snow, M. S., 11, 14, 164. Scientific, 21, 37, 89. Saunders, Anna, 26, 237. S., C. C., 28. Sargent, C. A., 47. Stiles, A., 49. Sonne, C., 51, 88, 206, 208. Smith, W.G., 58, 199, 263. Smith, c. T., 78, 95, 179, 295. Staples & Andrews, 78. Snell, F. A., 78. Salisbury, A., 79. Southard, W. B., 79. Smith, J. L., 86, 209. Stow, E. S., 86. Smith, T. A., 87. Silvins, G. D., 88. Sherriff, W. J., 109. Staples, D., 109. S., 111. Subscriber, 111. Stetson, A. A., 112. S., J, O., 155. Six, 157, 213. Shelton, T. E., 177, 195. Smith, I. A., 195, 196. Swain, C. E., 196. Smith, P. W., 198. Sanders, H. W., 207. Smiser, H. F., 220. Schofield, W. A. 22). Searles, E. F., 220. Southworth, R., 221. Stanton, A. L., 221, 255. Stith, J. C., 221. Snell, M., 236. Sheneman, T., 213. Spear, 0. W., 257, 259, 270. Sarles, Lewis, 266. Schofield, E. J., 268. Stokes, C. W., 270. Sweetser, C. E., 270, Shearer, Rev. J. W., 274, 299. Scammon, J., 291, Stinton, J., 295. Stevens, S. W., 300.

Tupper, E. S., 5. Taylor, B. L., 17. Temple, J. F., 19. Thornton, B. Y., 19. Teft. A., 50. Tomlinson, J., 180, 265. Thompson, Geo., 186. Taylor, J. M. C., 193. Thrasher, G., 200, 271. Taylor, E. A.. 220. Thomas, W., 221). Thomas, J. A., 212. Talbott, S., 271.

Van Voris, G., 77. Vaughan, C. C., 146. Vincent, 0. J., 212. Vandervort, J., 234.

Van Horn, G. A., 252. Vallion, Paul L., 281.

Wellington, E., 16, 47. Whitney, W. J., 18. Wells, W. C., 49. Winfield, J., 78, 269. ner, E. R., 87. Wolff, W., 88. 131, 149, 212, 295. Weatherby, S, S., 93, 204. W. J. M., 112. Whitmore, C. H., 169. Woodall, J. J., 197. Williamson, L., 197.

Walton, W. G., 198, 314, 300.
A., 211. Waterhouse, J. A., 221. W., J. H., 221.
Walker, G., 230. Wince, S. R.. 266. White, J.
P., 267. Wright, H. O., 272. Wisconsin Bee
Keeper, 287. Wait, 0. C., 288. W., N. W., 289.
Woodward, G. M., 291, 295. Winder, Mrs., 235.

Young, P., 47. Young, C. L., 119.
Zimmerman, G. W., 31, 54, 197.

Wag

[ocr errors]
[ocr errors][ocr errors]

DEVOTED EXCLUSIVELY TO BEE CULTURE.

Vol. XII.

CHICAGO, JANUARY, 1876.

No. 1.

Seasonable Hints,

ed honey is another question (we can tell

you how to sell it in another article). Through the month of January the

What we claim is, that it is better to take bees require no care in the cellar or the honey from the bees, even if it had no house. They only ask to be in darkness

cash value. and quiet. If they are on their summer

As to hives—those who do not care to stands, and have quilts or carpets over

increase their number of colonies, will their frames, they will not suffer; though

find it best to have large hives containing the entrances are blocked with snow. It

from fifteen to twenty frames, side by is well, however, to see that the entrance,

side. Hives like these, well filled with during a thaw, does not become stopped bees, and with well arranged boxes and with water and dead bees, which a sud. frames for honey, will give large amounts den cold wind may convert into ice. of honey in nearly every season. The While you have nothing to do for the bees

comb foundations are sure to be a great directly in this month, it is the time to help, not only in the main hive, but in the plan for another season's work, and pre- surplus boxes. Every bee-keeper can afpare your hives and honey-boxes. We ford to have them in his boxes, and also hope the experience which some of you

in his main hives to secure the combs have had will not be repeated this winter; straight, as well as to save the bees time oiz.: your bees die at such a rate that you

and labor. will need no new hives. If you have We hope the sale of these will be large been careful, we are sure you will not.

enough to reduce the price somewhat, but There is a feeling of discouragement with even at the present price, no one not well regard to the scale of extracted honey supplied with empty comb, can afford to which we fear will lead many to re-model do without them. In surplus boxes and their hives, and try next season to secure frames for securing box-honey, they will box honey only. We say “ fear,” because insure the combs to be built straight, and we are sure that no such change is neces- give the bees just the inducement to work sary for those who wish to secure the in them, which is necessary. greatest amount of profit from their bees. We know that the extractor must be used

All women who keep bees and by western bee-keepers, in order to keep

would like to make contributions of their colonies strong in numbers from

honey, hives, bees, etc., to the display of May to November. We have seen, dur. “Woman's Work” in the ladies' building ing the past year, many colonies that did

for exhibition of woman's work especi. well in June, but afterward stored nothing

ally, at the Centennial Exhibition, are in. in boxes; and though the hives were full

vited to write for particulars to ELLEN 8. below, they had few bees, and had given

TUPPER, Des Moines, Iowa. their owner no profit. If those colonies bad been "robbed" by the extractor of les There may be a few whose term of all the honey they could spare early in subscription closed with the year 1875, the season, the queen would have used who do not wish to take the AMERICAN the empty room; more bees would have BEE JOURNAL. All such should notify been raised, and surplus boxes might us at once, as we send all Journals till have been filled, besides the profit from we receive a notice to discontinue them. the extracted honey. The sale of extract

PUBLISHER.

E. 8. T.

QUR NEW YEAH! PRESENT.—We have

e During the coming year we hope now sent out our promised Chromos to to make THE AMERICAN BEE JOURNAL all who have sent to this office TWO DOL- more varied and interesting than ever. LARS in advance for THE AMERICAN BEE We expect to add some new features in JOURNAL from January to December, 1876. the course of a few months, that now are We did not promise it to any others; a but partly developed. We trust that all few club subscribers, who had not read interested in the welfare of THE JOURNAL our offer carefully, expected it, till we will write fresh from their own experience wrote them calling their attention to it and observation. The prospects of The again. We must adhere to the rule, or JOURNAL for 1876 are very encouraging, some may be dissatisfied.

and we trust our friends will not forget Now New Years' Day has passed, and their kind offices at this period of the the Chromos are all gone. We trust that year, among them that of renewing their these beautiful gems may awaken, in hun. subscriptions promptly, as well as getting dreds of hearts, “MEMORIES OF CHILD- all the new subscribers they can for the HOOD” that will be abiding and pleasure. “old and reliable AMERICAN BEE JOURable; buoying up many sinking spirits to NAL." We shall neglect nothing to merit fight anew the battle of life, that at last the approval of all our readers. victory may rest on their brows, as they enter the portals of glory.

Rem" The first installment of the report To all its readers, THE AMERICAN BEE

of the Michigan Bee-Keepers’ Association JOURNAL sends its greeting-wishing them appears in this issue. The Secretary furna prosperous and HAPPY NEW YEAR.

ished only a portion of it to the Bee-Keep

ers' Magazine, and our friends, King & Le We have received many letters of Slocum, the publishers, favored us with congratulation since our last issue, which, advance sheets. As this number was then of course, we could neither find time to almost all in type, we had to omit some answer privately nor space to print in other matter in order to admit this into the THE AMERICAN BEE JOURNAL.

Our

present number. We regret that the Confriends may rest assured that we fully vention allowed itself to be drawn into a appreciate these words of commendation disagreeable position in reference to the and encouragement, and shall do all we Heddon and Novice matter. The former can to keep the old and reliable AMERI- appears to be in a disagreeable mood, and CAN BEE JOURNAL up to its present and sees nothing right or good outside of himpast standard of excellence and reputation. self. At least, the Secretary should not

have burdened the report with these mate in Gleanings for December, Novice

ters. We shall defer further remarks till claims that we should guarantee all our

we have the copy of the entire report. advertisers. It is not only impracticable but impossible for us to know enough

The date after your name on the concerning the business capacity and in- wrapper of every paper, is the date from tegrity of our many advertisers to make which a new subscription starts, after the such guarantee. We suppose bee-keepers

expiration of the time paid for. Thus, have at least as much sagacity and intel.

“Jan. 76 ” means that you have paid only ligence as any other class, and would not to the end of the year 1875--and the new thank us for interfering in such matters.

subscription commences with this num. We do not aspire to be a censor of the

ber-January, 1876. Some do not seem to Press-nor a dictator to men of intelli. comprehend-hence this allusion. gence. Caveat emptor.

The Herald and Mail, of Columbus o Particular attention is directed to Tenn., says that Mr. David Staples has the new advertisement of Dr. J. P. H. the management of 250 colonies for R. Brown, of Augusta, Ga., importer of G. Harris, 80 for C. C. Vaughn, 40 for Italian Queens, which may be found on W. J. Andrews, 100 for L. R. Cullenanother page.

making 470 altogether.

Voices from among the Hives.

season.

WATSEKA, ILL.-Dec. 9, 1875.—“My bees went into winter quarters in good condi. tion. They gave me 35 to 40 per cent. profit this year. That is better than yearling steers have done for me the past year.”

T. N. MARQUIS. WAVELAND, IND.- Dec. 20, 1875.—“I have about 30 hives in good condition in the cellar. They are Italians and hybrids, and I am patiently waiting, in good spirits till spring, and hope for a good season."

Isaac SHARP. ROSEVILLE, ILL.–Dec. 17, 1875.—“We had 48 colonies which we fed from apple blossom time till the first of August, increased to 63, making, only 15 swarms from 48. They gathered quite well from buckwheat for a few days, and then wet, cold weather set in, and we got scarcely nothing from any other source. We took nearly all the honey from the bees and fed them sugar syrup for their winter supplies. In all we got about 1,500 pounds of honey, and fed during the summer and fall about 220 or 225 dollars' worth of Bugar, but our bees go into winter quarters in splendid condition, never better. We had about 9 acres of buckwheat which we cut with a reaper and thrashed with a thrashing machine, which gave us 137 bushels of grain. We realized from the flour about $1.00 per bushel, which paid me this year better than other grain."

L. C. AXTELL. BUFFALO, N. Y.-Dec. 20, 1875.-—"I commenced lust spring with 10 colonies, one queenless, and they have given me 21 new colonies, and 105 six-pound boxes of honey, and 120 nearly full. Some were full but not capped over, and others had two cards full, and I could have got much more honey if I had been able to use the Extractor or have taken care of them. My health has been so poor the past few years that I could not see to them, but am satisfied with what they have done, and while I have strength to walk to my apiary, and am able to read, I must have my bees and BEE JOURNAL."

MRS. WILLIAM HARRIS. LAFAYETTE Co., Mo.-Dec. 14, 1875.“ I have about 100 stocks (made up of Italian, hybrids, and blacks). The latter have acquitted themselves equally as well, or better than the yellow and mixed bees this season. Have taken from 80 strong stocks, mostly in small glass boxes, something over 5,300 pounds comb honey, or about 67 pounds to the hive-balance of the hives average considerably less—don't bother with strained or extracted honey.

“June swarming not equal to last season; smart-weed and other plants very rich in August-swarming then nearly equal to Juno-use chiefly the American hive.

Practice mostly natural swarming; hive the swarm in common box; place same by the side of the original bive, and inside of four days cut out queen cells and return the swarm.

“This method has its objections and dif. ficulties, which every practiced bee-man. ager knows, but having orchards, farm, etc., on hand, such suits me best.

“Pack and ship in November, and sell at current rates—the price ranging from 20 to 30 cents, according to grade and

“This is not considered a fine honey producing section. The general average not being up to the present season."

ALSIKE. COLUMBIANA Co., 0.-Dec. 12, 1875.“I have been keeping bees for over twenty years with moderate success, the prin. cipal inducement is to supply our own table with honey; hence, I have become å regular reader of THE AMERICAN BEE JOURNAL, and got Italian bees and improved hives. My bees generally do a little more than supply our table, but this season was so wet-the rain seemingly washed all the sweet out of the flowers before the bees could collect it, and the freezing weather killing the fruit bloom - that the fore part of the season was very unproductive.

“The principal sources of honey here are linn and white clover; the soil has been cultivated so long, and sheep raising is so common, that wild flowers amount to but little, except smart-weed is gener. ally plentiful in the fall, and is much visited by the bees. Spanish-needle is plently but scarcely visited by bees."

JOB HUESTIS. BENTON Co., Mo.-Dec. 11, 1875.—“MR. NEWMAN: I did not tell you all of the good part, in my late report. I forgot to say that, in addition to 47342 gallons of extracted honey, we got 600 pounds of box honey."

J. W. Dick. Cass Co., Mo.-Dec. 14, 1875.—“There are no Italian bees in this neighborhood but mine. I have 74 stands in good condition. They stored 3000 lbs. in comb and extracted honey from August 10 till frost."

PAUL DUNKEN. ONONDAGA Co., N. Y.-Dec. 16, 1875.“There is no monthly visitor more wel. come at my house than the AMERICAN BEE JOURNAL, As long as I am in the apiarian business it shall have my warm support."

H. Root. WILLIAMSON Co., TENN.-Dec. 4, 1875.“I made no honey this season until about 3 weeks ago. 1 extracted some to give the queens more room. There has been no brood for several weeks and the brood chamber is filled with honey.

“The principal honey plants here are white clover, linn, and poplar for spring, and aster, smart-weed and golden-rod for fall.

“The AMERICAN BEE JOURNAL is my regular text book. I should be lost with. out it."

MRS. N. G. MORRISS. GRIDER, KY., Nov. 26, 1875.—“The AMERICAN BEE JOURNAL has been of great help to me during the last year in giving information on bee culture, and I am much pleased with it.

“I commenced this spring with 18 Langstroth hives, and increased to 40; Italianizing only a part, and taking no honey, I could have increased to 60 colo. pies.

“ Besides these at home, about 8 miles from here, I bought 3 old hives which I increased to 10 during the season.

“I made a hive four feet long, something like a New-Idea Hive, with 6 apartments. In each division I put a piece of comb, which I had taken from the old colonies. These were full of brood and had a few workers clinging on. I also placed another piece of surplus comb in each apartment. I put in a queen which I had taken from the stands at home, before I introduced the Italian queens in each division. The great increase astonished me, and the top of the hive having warped, there was communication with all the divisions, and I soon discovered they were killing the queens in the centre, and now there are only remaining two queens, one at each end, with a great quantity of bees in the hive."

J. G. ALLEN. DODGE Co., Wis.-Nov. 20, 1875.“ Season wet and cold; I commenced with 11 stocks; sold 6 in May, leaving 5 good and 2 rather weak stocks, in eight-framed Langstroth hives. Increased to 24. Honey season commenced in July. I got 85 tbs from each stock. Sold all at 20 @ 25 cents. A frost came in August, and I had to feed sugar syrup to many of the latest swarms to get them to cap the honey over. I now have 29 stocks in a cave, nearly like the one used last winter -3%, feet in the ground and 342 above, covered with earth and straw 3 feet thick; it is 14x16 inside. Our main plants are white clover, basswood and golden rod." John H. GUENTHER.

PORTLAND, OREGON.-Nov. 18, 1875.“ April 1, I had 26 swarms, 4 in movable frame hives, and the rest in common ones,

rather dilapidated. Our rainy season lasted six weeks, and then it came off very hot and dry. In a month the white clover was done for, and other pas. ture was scarce. The 4 swarms in frame hives increased to 7; 6. of them making 40 lbs box honey each. I transferred the others, and that put them back. They increased to 35, but no surplus. I now have 32 lives all in good condition.”

D. D. BRIGGS.

RED Oak, Iowa.-Nov. 23, 1875.-—"My report for 1875 is as follows: After spring sales I had on hand 33 stocks; I took 20 of them three miles from home; went to them once every 10 days and cut out the queen cells to keep them from swarming; they gave me 800 lbs. box honey and I in. creased them to 46; the 13 I kept at home I increased to 66, but in preparing them for winter I found some of them deficient in honey, so I broke up and united 19, which left me 47 in my home apiary.

“I now have 93 stocks in splendid con. dition for winter, put them into my cellar Nov. 20; the 18th was very warm for the season, they had a good fly.

“Linn blossoms produced no honey this year. My bees gathered only enough to supply their brood until after Aug. 10. Our only honey source here is from fall flowers, principally golden-rod and heart's ease. We have had but few fruit blossoms or white clover. I would like very much to have G. M. Doolittle, Capt. Heathering, R. M. Roop and others who got from 1,000 to 5,000 lbs. box honey this year, to give in the JOURNAL their plan of getting the bees from the boxes filled with honey. I would about as soon extract 1,000 lbs. as to get the bees from the 1,000 tbs. of box honey. My experi. ence is that fully one-twelfth of the bees in boxes of honey that is capped and ready to come off, are young bees that have never left the hive. It is a job to get them out; they will not leave the boxes, but where a lot of boxes are piled together, fully one-third of the bees will cluster together and stay there." E. D. GODFREY.

VIRDEN, ILL.-Sept. 8, 1875.—“ In the September number Mr. I. Applewaite speaks of a plan of hiving bees that I have practiced

extensively this summer than he seems to have done; in. asmuch as I have frequently hived them in the same manner without the queen. For instance, it is no uncommou occur. rence for a swarm to issue and return without alighting, thus causing considerable trouble, especially if you chance to be in the field, half a mile from the house. Now, in order to be sure of a swarm when they come out, I have my hive all ready, and if I ind they are coming back, I move the old hive and substi. tute the new one, then give them a frame of comb from the old hive with a queen cell on it, meantime if you find the old queen on the grass, you can give her to either hive you choose. I find that my bees will store honey much faster in small frames, placed directly over the lower frames with nothing between them, or if in boxes, those that have slat bottoms in. stead of augur holes. I find it very convenient to keep a piece of carpet under the honey board, as I can examine a hive without a chisel to pry off honey board, and irritatingthe bees." S. W. Loud.

more

some

« PreviousContinue »