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Confidence In Beekeeping

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Most persons who undertake beekeeping enter upon work with some misgiving. While thy do not exactly fear the bees, yet there is at first an involuntary hanging back, a reluctance to handle bees more than is absolntely necessary. Beginners shonld wear not only a veil, hut also gloves; many novices who ! see old beekeepers handle with bare hand s try to imítate them - -like to appear professional - to go among the bees with a reckless air. Some of the most successful beekeepers have said that before the first year had passéd they had almost decided that there was something about them that antagonized the bees, and that they could do nothing with them. An acquaintanee declared in the fall of the first year: 'Tve had enongh of bees. They will not accept me. It ia useless to teil me that bees do not sting. They don't do anything else with me." Bat he decided to struggle through another year, for, in spite of many stings, he had a good erop of honey. Before the second year closed he reinarked that bees were as harmless as flies. What had brought abont this change? He had reached the "confidence point," and the j bees knew it and recognized him as master. He had become so familiar with the work, so much interested in it, that he forgot self, forgot to jump, to jerk his hand away when a bee started to explore the back of his hand. Therefore let j every beginner faint not, but keep np I courage and keep at the bees. Without knowing when the change takes place, he may reach the stage of perfect confidence, and will make light of the stings implanted earlier in his own faltering '