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BY MRS. CHAS. LEX.
Bees are wild over sweet clover.
It is the white variety.
Mr. L. Parshall, of Fairview, has
started out in the bee business with
sixteen colonies. May success be
Mr. Editor, you gave Jane the
authorship of Buzzings" last week.
Please rectify, as she might not like
to have her name used in that way.
Curing honey simply means a
proper evaporation of the water it
contains. This is accomplished in
the hive by a high degree of tem
perature, and can be done outside
by maintaining the same conditions.
If you have old comb full of dead
bses, do not waste time in pulling
them out. If kept dry, many of
the bees will fall out by shaking
the comb, arid if you put a strong
colony on them, the bees will clean
Some of our young people lately
found a bee tree near town. Net
proceeds: one large wash tub, two
5-gallon cans and one water pail full
of honey. A few days later neigh
bor York hived the bses, securing a
Comb honey should not be left in
the hive any longer than necessary
to complete the capping. Removal
prevents travel stain. [This is a
very good bit of advice. We notice
a great deal of honey on the mar
ket that is very unattractive, be
cause of being all stained. —Ed.]
A. J. Cook, in Gleanings, reports
that San Diego county, California,
will ship 50 carloads of honey the
present season. It is some comfort
to know that the larger part of the
honey shipped from California is
extracted, which gives us hopes of
a reasonable price for our comb
Experiments made with smallpox
patients at Oaxaca, Mexico, show
that administering honey diluted in
water to patients, causes pustules of
the worst variety to dissappear, and
the fever is said ta stop immediately.
—P. B. J. If this is not a news
paper yarn, it is an item worth re
In regard to shipping honey, are
there not a few things to be observ
ed by the shippers that have not
RANCHE AND RANGK.
been mentioned? One is to mark
crates, requesting them to be load
ed lengthwise of the car, so the jar
will come against the edge of the
combs. Another is, when using
small crates nail two or more to
gether so they cannot be tossed from
one man to another. There is more
freight injured in this than any other
way while being handled. A box
of a convenient shape, weighing less
than 50 lbs., is frequently tossed by
freight men. Trainmen are ex
pected to use particular care to
avoid damage to goods or property,
and frequent occurrences of the
same are regarded as incompetency
on their part; but they are obliged
to judge principally from the dam
age to property, for they can not
find out so well about goods.—Cor.
BEES AND ALFALFA
The products in honey gathered
by bees from alfalfa clover may reach
from two to five hundred pounds
per acre. This alone, at the present
prices of honey, would be worth
more, or at least as much, as the
crop itself. It is true that much
depends upon the management of the
crop as to its value in honey pro
duction, and also the same as to its
crop value. If handled so as to
produce the best result as a feed
crop, it is always in the best con
dition to furnish honey. If it is
cut before it blossoms, it is of no
value as a honey crop, and neither
is it of value as a feed crop. The
harvesting may be done, to get the
best results in either by cutting a
portion at a time, just as it becomes
ready, thereby having fresh bloom
almost constantly, which would, ot
course, be necessary to get the best
results in honey. Alfalfa will furnish
honey during dry and drouthy
weather when all other blossoms
are entirely dried up as to their
nectar-producing qualities, and will
continue right through a severe
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