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Cause Of Its Spreading

Bee Keeping: Mysteries Of Bee-keeping Explained

Suppose one stock has caught the infection, but a small portion of the

brood is dead. In the heat of the hive, it soon becomes putrid; other

cells adjoining with larvae of the right age are soon in the same

condition. All the breeding combs in the hive become one putrid mass,

with an exception, perhaps, of one in ten, twenty or a hundred, that

may perfect a bee. Thus the increase of bees is not enough to replace

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ones that are continually dying off. It is plain, therefore,

that this stock _must_ soon dwindle down to a very small family. Now

let a scarcity of honey occur in the fields, this poor stock cannot be

properly guarded, and is easily plundered of its contents by the

others. Honey is taken that is in close proximity to dead bodies,

corrupting by thousands, creating a pestilential vapor, of which it has

probably absorbed a portion. The seeds of destruction are by this means

carried into healthy stocks. In a short time, these in turn fall

victims to the scourge; and soon dwindle away, when some other strong

stock is able to carry off _their_ stores; and only stop, perhaps, at

the last stock! The moth is ever ready with her burden of eggs, which

she now without hindrance deposits directly on the combs. In a short

time the worms finish up the whole business, and are judged guilty of

the whole charge; merely because they are found carrying out effects

that speedily follow such causes.

Let the reader who doubts this theory, simply strain out honey,

vitiated in this way, and feed it to a few stocks or swarms, that are

healthy; and if they escape, communicate the fact to the public. But

should he become satisfied that such honey is poison to his bees, he

will with me, and all others interested, wish to stop this growing