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Gaining Confidence With Bees

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Most persons who undertake 1 ing enter upon the work with some giving. Whüe they do not exactly feai the bees, yet there is at first an involuntary hanging back, a reluctance to j die bees more than is absolutely 1 sary. Beginners should wear not only a vail but also gloves; many novices who see oíd beekeepers heridle with bare hands try to imitate liiem - like to , pear professional - to go uinong the bees ! with reckless air. Some of .the most sticcessful beekeepers have said that before the first year had passed they had almosi decided that there was something abont them that antagonized the bees, and thai they coula do nothing with them. An acqnaintance eclared in the fall of the first year: 'Tve had enough oi bees. They will not accept me. It it useless to teil me that bees do not sting. They don't do anything else with me.' But he decided to struggle through another year, f or in spite of many stings he had a good erop of honey. Before the second year closed he remarked that bees were as harmless as flies. What had bronght about this change? He had reached the "confidence point," and the bees knew it, and recognized him as master. He had become so familiar with the work, so mnch interested in it, that he forgot self, forgot to jump, to jerk his haad away when a bee started to explore the back of his hand. Therefore. let every beginner f aint not, but keep up 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 stinga imnlanted earlier in his own faltering I