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Title: Gleanings in bee culture
Year: 1874 (1870s)
Subjects: Bees Bee culture
Publisher: [Medina, Ohio, A. I. Root Co.]
Contributing Library: UMass Amherst Libraries
Digitizing Sponsor: UMass Amherst Libraries
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n. If one has more than oneapiary, keep all the best colonies at the homeyard—that is, those that gave the best recordsthe previous season. Then do all the queen-rearing at the home apiary, and let the dronequestion take care of itself. Where we havea hundred colonies in one place, the matingwith drones from other sources will not ex- side. Missionaries are expected to teach al-most every thing, and Mr. Thomson setabout learning bee-keeping that he in turnmight be able to instruct the East Indiansamong whom he labored. It did not takehim long to master the elements of the busi-ness in Trinidad, where beesmay be handlednearly every day in the year. Among hismost apt scholars was his own little son, whospeedily mastered the details sufficiently wellto be able to raise queens for sale on his ownaccount. >▼ .^ _^ It is evident this young .bee-keeper^s anexponent of the shallow hive, which is ad-mirably suited to his strength, and, more-over, answers all the requirements of a^tropi-
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YOUNG QUEEN-BKEEDEK THOMSON MAKING NUCLEI. ceed five per cent. If we are to make anyimprovement in our stock, it is quite as im-portant to weed out the poorest as it is tobreed from the best.Newman, 111. A SEVEN-YEAR OLD BEE-KEEPERWHO RAISES QUEENS. BY W. K. MORRISON. The little boy shown in the two illustrationsis John Thomson, of Couva. Trinidad, anisland on the coast of South America. Hisfather is a Presbyterian missionary fromCanada, also his grandfather on the maternal cal bee-hive. He not only does not use aveil, but, as may be observed from the pic-ture, does not use shoes to protect his feet.The bees he has are pure-bred Italians.There is, of course, an occasional hybridcolony, and one of these produced worthof honey, sold at only fairly low prices. Hegets .20 for pure-bred queens. His fatheris away so much looking after out-missionsthat the burden of the apiary falls on thisboy. One day when all were absent he tookdown a very large swarm and successfullyhived it. just a
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