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in his shop, where he has many tools and fine machinery.
I was not at all surprised when Mr. Taylor put his hand into the satchel and brought out a bee-escape-the British call them “super-cleaners.” My partper in the stings and sweets in the honey business, says that he does not see how we can keep house without them, though we have had no opportunity of testing their good qualities since the crop was harvested.
I wish my readers could see this one ; it is a tin tunnel with an inclined brass walk through the middle, and when the bee gets to the end of it she jumps off.
It is like the spring-board that boys have to dive into the water. When the bee wishes to return the end of the spring-board is in her way, and prevents her doing so. I have quite a museum of bee-escapes, but I am suffering for more.
I have some that stand up and some that lie down, and some in the shape of a star. When I have an opportunity of trying them, I will tell you which pleases me best.
QUEEN-CELL PROTECTORS. "What is this, mamma?” said an eightyear-old, as she exhibited her forefinger covered with a spiral cone made of wire.
"Oh, that's mamma's ! You must not touch it. “Mr. Taylor gave it to me. It is a queen-cell protector. The cell is put into it, and the bee cannot bite into the sides of it to destroy the queen; and when she is old enough she comes out of the little hole into the hive. That little handle of wire can keep it from falling down between the combs, or can be stuck into one."-Prairie Farmer. Peoria, Ills.
nearly completed for the convention to be held in the Agricultural Room at the State House, at Indianapolis, on Jan. 8, 1892, at 1 p.m. So far as arranged, it is as follows:
2. Voluntary reports of experience in the a piary during the past Summer.
3. A year among the bees. (a.) Spring, Ora Knowlton, New Brunswick. (b.) Summer, Joseph Myers, Gray. (c.) Fall, G. P. Wilson, Toll Gate. (d.) Winter, David Scott, Bloomsdale.
4. The anatomy of the honey-bee, illustrated, E. H. Collins.
5. Getting bees out of the sections, illustrated, J. T. Dinsmore.
6. Plans and suggestions for Summer meetings of local societies, Mrs. Dr. Herr, Westfield.
7. Winter protection, Chas. F. Muth, Cincinnati, O.
8. A talk to beginners, Geo. C. Thompson, Southport.
9. Hindrance to bee-culture, Walter S. Pouder, Indianapolis.
10. Should the State Board furnish a stenographer for the general State societies ? Discussion.
There will be on exhibition many conveniences and interesting specimens to instruct the bee-keeper.
E. H. COLLINS, Pres.
Preparing Bees for Winter.
J. E. POND.
Indiana State Conyention.
E. H. COLLINS.
The Indiana State Bee-Keepers’ Association has now been in active existence more than a decade. It was at first organized during the excitement over the introduction of Italian bees. When this was well accomplished, the bee-keepers continued the meetings for the educational and social advantages they afforded. It is always a happy experience for those directly interested in any occupation to meet and talk.
The attendance and interest at these meetings has been increased for the last year or two. The programme is now
My experience covers over twenty years of time, and has been drawn from a constant series of experiments, the result being that I do not fear cold of itself, and that if the bees can be kept dry they will safely withstand any reasonable degree of Winter weather. The sole secret, in my opinion, being, ample stores and freedom from moisture. I have always wintered bees on summerstands, in all sorts of hives, single and doubled-walled, chaff, etc., and have not met, during the whole time I have had bees, with 1 per cent of loss, and, in fact, the only losses I have ever met with were my own fault, and owing to the want of sufficient stores to carry them through.
My experience teaches me that a large entrance is a necessity; that ventilation should be downward, and when a hive is so prepared that little, if any, moisture is retained, the bees are perfectly safe as far as cold is concerned.
My Winter preparation consists simply in giving from one to two inches of space pecially by farmers, and those who allow the bees to “shift for themselves."
Should the coming Winter prove a severe one, those who have placed their affections in the thin shells without packing, will be among the chief mourners next April.
The honey-dew was, after all, a 6 blessing in disguise,” for without it we would have had to feed in July, or lose our bees. The trouble was, that there was little else to be had.
It kept up brood-rearing, and the young bees gathered the Winter stores.-Plowman.
between top of frames and the cover or mat; that is, I use only a piece of burJap, or old carpet, to confine the bees, at the top leaving not less than one inch of space between the mat and top of frames. On top of the mat 1 pack loosely five or six inches of forest leaves, or their equivalent.
This method of preparation, with ample stores, and a large entrance, carries my bees through safely all the time. If I am asked why, I should say the excess of moisture is carried off at the top of the hive; the ventilation is downward through the entrance, and this excess of moisture cannot be collected. This is not theory; it is practice. It is not an
, has been tested over and over again, with like results in every case.
I prefer double-walled hives, as they do give protection to a large extent, but I Winter bees in single-walled hives, with the temperature 150 to 200 below zero.
Complexity has always been at war with simplicity, but when all learn that simplicity is king, then they will begin to accomplish great results.-American Bee-Keeper.
North Attleboro, Mass.
W. Z. HUTCHINSON.
Some Seasonable Hints.
C. H. DIBBERN.
The successful bee-keeper can find plenty of work to do now, that will greatly lessen the work when the busy time comes again.
Now is a good time to work in the shop, by the side of a warm stove, and overhaul the empty hives and cases, and put all in good repair for another season.
It is a capital time now to make up the sections for next season, put in the foundation, and store them away where mice and rats cannot get at them. They will be very handy next June.
If some of the supers have a good deal of burr-comb sticking to them, see if the bee-spaces are not faulty.
If your hives or fixtures need painting, now is as good a time as any to do it.
If you will hunt up work now, it will not hunt you so persistently next Spring.
That all sections filled with honey-dew had better be put in cases by themselves, and used to stimulate the bees next Spring.
Many bees will be lost the coming Winter by the “starvation plan,” es
A few of the more enterprising members arrrived at Albany, N. Y., Dec. 8, 1891, and the evening was passed in an informal chat, the renewing of old friendships, and the forming of new ones. The first formal meeting was held on the morning of Dec. 10, when President Elwood addressed the Convention as follows:
President's Address. The labors and experiences of another season are ended, and its lessons largely learned. A bee-keeper of my acquaintance devotes this part of the year to a careful comparison of the main points in the season's experience with those of previous years. The facts are then still fresh in mind, and the conclusions are useful. In proof that he is eminently successful in his business, I might mention his name but for fear of his modest presence with us. So we, in Convention assembled, may compare our varied experiences during the season just closed, and, on doubtful points, gather wisdom more rapidly and cheaply than to work it out in our own bee-yards.
With so large a crop in one part of our country that the markets are surfeited, while much of the remaining portion is begging for choice comb-honey, it may be that we shall learn a useful lesson on the distribution of our products. What are the hindrances to a better distribution of honey ?
1. Our method of marketing, which hurries it off to market without waiting to learn where it is needed.
2. Freight rates are too high, and what is worse, honey is handled carelessly by railroad men, making it difficult to reach distant markets.
After signing a release and loading ! Jooked, I consider it my duty as and unloading his own honey, the bee- elected representative of the bee-keepkeeper is charged double the rates he ing interests of this country, to address ought to pay by these servants of the a protest early in the year to the State people.
Department against the free admission A recent ruling, which compelled the of honey from Cuba. A copy of the letshipper to cover the glass, that has been ter is here appended : used for a score of years, chiefly to secure more careful handling, is a fair
STARKVILLE, May 14, 1891. sample of the treatment we receive.
Hon. James G. Blaine, State Department, This Association should vigorously pro
Washington, D. C. test against this unwarranted interfer- MR. SECRETARY:-Information reaches ence with our rights, and a committee me that this country and Spain will should be appointed to work diligently probably agree upon a treaty of reciuntil reduced rates and better treatment
procity. With such probabilities ahead, are secured. We have had such a com
I desire to be informed, as representative mittee in our State Association, but we
of the bee-keeping industry, whether need a united effort throughout the coun
honey is upon the free list. If so, I try.
wish at this early day to enter an 3. Lack of uniformity of packages and phatic protest against any change in the grading is a barrier to a proper distribu
tariff. tion. What is accepted in one market is The contemplated removal of the duty not in another. Put up the honey to
on honey in the Spanish American treaty meet the demands of the market 'to a few years since was met by a most which it is sent, has been the advice. emphatic protest from the 300,000 beeThis sounds too much like the cry of the
keepers of the United States of Amersensational or Sunday newspaper man,
ica. Much better reason have they now who
says we publish what the people for protesting, since the great reduction demand," and the paper gets down lower in the price of cane-sugar, the chief and lower all the time. The people are competitor of liquid or strained honey. not always the best judges of their
The removal of the duty on foreign needs, and often have to be educated. sugar was followed by a bounty to our Starting with the two-pound box, domestic sugar producers, even to the glassed, we have successfully met and producers of maple-sugar, which is catered to the demand for one-pound
chiefly an article of luxury, and not a sections, glassed and unglassed, full competitor of cane-sugar in the manuweights and light weights, paper cartons
factures as is “strained ” honey. Our and pasteboard boxes, wood and mica legislators, who so kindly remembered sides, thick (2-inch)' boxes and thin the sugar growers, entirely forget the boxes, 1%, 1%4 down to 14-inch, square
honey producers, whose product is but boxes and tall boxes, until there is the sugar under another name. In the man: greatest diversity in packages, and it is ufacture of certain products honey is difficult for a dealer to duplicate an superior to sugar, although not so much order for any quality, unless it is from superior but that we shall have to lower the same consignment. The producer present prices in many cases to avoid the has wasted his substance in continual substitution of the inferior and cheaper changes, and, like the sensational editor,
article. has been but a puppet to a senseless de- Now, to permit Cuban honey to enter
free, and still further reduce prices, We should adopt a standard, and if would be an act of injustice that could glassed honey looks better, carries bet- hardly be forgiven. In fact, it is quester and keeps better, why not gradu- tionable whether our industry could ally enlarge the production of this kind, survive, unless it should be that limited and, if possible, educate the consumer to branch of it devoted to the production buy honey in the standard box, or
of comb and liquid honey for table use.
Cuba is probably the finest honey producI have this year had calls for glassed ing country in the world, and capable honey from the West, and yearly the of producing on immense amount of demand for this kind is increasing in the honey. So superior is it in this respect
that several of our most intelligent beeIn the reduction of duty on sugar, no
keepers have left all of the advantages bee-keeper, to my knowledge, was con
of their native land to engage in the prosulted
, and fearing that, in the con- duction of honey there. templated treaty between this country Our industry is still in its infancy, and and Spain we might again be over- while we already produce many million
pounds of honey, it is capable of an expansion so great as to wholly eclipse the present production of sugar from the sugar-cane. Four contiguous counties have produced in one season over four million pounds of honey, and this represents but a fractional part of what might have been gathered.
Knowing well the genuine interest you take in the welfare of the people of your country, I am confident that you will give this subject the attention its importance deserves. Should there be any points on which you desire additional information, command me at your pleasure. Yours, etc., P. H. ELWOOD, President of the North American BeeKeepers' Association; also President of the United States Honey Producers' Exchange, and President of the New York State Bee-Keepers' Association.
The letter I received in reply is not at hand, but it stated that the subject should have the attention its importance seemed to demand. I am glad to say that the treaty makes no change in the present duty.
As the hand of our legislators has once been laid heavily upon us, and may be again, I suggest that a standing "watch-dog” committee on legislation be appointed. Also, if you think best, this committee may be authorized to draft a bill regulating the use of arsenical poisons on fruits and vegetables, by spraying and other processes. That bill should be in suitable form for submission to the several State Legislatures.
The Committee on Medals have completed their labors, suitable dies have been obtained, and medals stamped for distribution to affiliated societies, as called for in the Constitution. Much credit is due to Mr. Thomas G. Newman, who worked on this committee with his usual vigor and ability. A few extra medals to be awarded for meritorious inventions, discoveries and experiments, would help our society and pursuit.
The original experiments made by Professor Cook, on Fertilization by the Honey-Bee, read at Washington, is worthy of a medal, but probably our awards should be conditioned on having the report first made to this Society. I hope Professor Cook has continued his experiments so as to include buckwheat, as farmers have but little idea of the great benefit they derive from the honeybee in the fertilization of this grain.
A medal should be offered for the best essay for general distribution on “The use of Honey in the Arts and Manufactures." When we know that a single
firm of bakers within a few months bought $13,000 worth of honey to use in their business, we are led to believe that its use might be largely extended.
Manufacturers have learned that certain chemical processes take place with honey that do not with sugar.
In medicine honey might often be substituted for syrup, to the benefit of the patient, as it is more easily digested, and in lung and throat diseases it is a valuable medicine.
Formerly it was the custom of our secretaries to prepare a copy of our proceedings for the press, or a copy from which reporters could make extracts. I advise that we return to this custom. Reporters are not familiar with beekeeping, and while we sometimes have excellent reports, usually those published in our dailies are not creditable to either bee-men or to the papers that publish them. I therefore ask that our Secretary furnish a report for the press.
We are pleased to have with us in this meeting many representative bee-keepers who have not met with us heretofore. Mr. Frank Benton, who has nearly compassed the world in search of new varieties of bees, and to whom bee-keepers are under lasting obligations, expected to be here, but is kept away by sickness.
One whom we have been accustomed to meet at our State Conventions is not here-Mr. G. H. Ashby–whom we held in high esteem for his superior qualities of head and heart, will be sadly missed on the floor of this Convention.
P. H. ELWOOD. A vote of thanks was given to the President for his able address.
A recess was then taken, when the following members paid the annual dues:
J. S. Barb, Oakfield, Ohio.
0. L. Hershiser, 24 W. Seneca street, Buffalo, N. Y.
W. E. Clark, Oriskany, N. Y.
LIFE MEMBERS PRESENT.
E. R. Root, Medina, Ohio.
W. L. Coggshall, West Groton, N. Y.
Canajoharie, N. Y.
Miss M. A. Douglas, Shoreham, Vt.
Upon the Convention being called to order, it was voted that Thomas G. Newman & Son be · paid $20.00 towards publishing, in pamphlet form, the report of this Convention, as usual.
The Committee on Incorporation reported as follows: Report of Committee on Incorporation.
Your committee to which was referred the matter of incorporating the North American Bee-Keepers' Association, beg to report that they have attended to the matter, and the certificate of incorporation is in the hands of the Secretary, and the fees for the same have been paid by the Association. The life members in the United States were by vote designated as the incorporators.
Thos. G. NEWMAN, Chairman. The report of the committee was approved, and the committee was discharged.
R. McKnight-Is this Society incorporated under a State law, or does it cover the whole country ?
E. R. Root-It is incorporated under a State law, but its influence is National.
R. McKnight-Is not incorporating it under a State law making a local society of what was a National body ?
J. E. Hetherington-It is necessary to incorporate under a State law. That is the only way in which it can be incorporated ; but such incorporation does not prevent it from being National in character.
The Manager of the National BeeKeepers' Union reported as follows:
The Bee-Keepers' Union. As General Manager of the National Bee-Keepers' Union, which is now under the fostering care of the North American Bee-Keepers' Association, I would report that it is still laboring for the welfare of Bee-Keepers, and defending them in their rights and privileges as
way, N. Y.
street, New York.