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An Experiment

Categories: HIVES.
Bee Keeping: Mysteries Of Bee-keeping Explained

Several years ago, I thought I had obtained a principle that would

revolutionize the whole system of bee management. In 1840 I constructed

such hives, and put in the bees to test by actual experiment, the

utility of what seemed so very plausible in theory. It would appear

that this principle suggested the same idea to Mr. Jones; perhaps with

this difference: I think he did not wait to test the plan thoroughly,

before o
taining his patent in '42. One vender of rights asserted that

63 stocks were made from one in three years; but somehow a great many

that obtained the rights, failed in their expectations. From my

experiments, I think I could guess at some of the reasons.

Mr. A.--"Well, what are the reasons? give us your experience, if you

please, I am interested; I had the right for such a hive, and had a lot

made to order, that cost more money in the end than I shall ever pay

again for anything about bees."

Do not be too hasty, friend, I think I can instruct you to keep bees on

principles in accordance with their nature, which is very simple, so

that if you can be induced to try again, we will have the _hives_ cost

but little, at any rate.