Some Compulsion





After getting them in the hive for the fourth time, I resolved not to

be baffled or have much more such trouble, and perhaps go to the woods

at last, thereby setting a bad example. I put under the hive the

wire-cloth bottom-board, opened two or three holes on the top, and

covered these also with wire-cloth, (this was to let the air

circulate); a quantity of honey and water was given them and they were

then carried to the cellar, and kept prisoners four days, except half

an hour before sunset; when too late to leave for a journey, I set them

out to provide a few necessaries, and then returned them to the cellar.

In four days, when _honey enough_ is given them, a good swarm will half

fill an ordinary hive with combs. Some of the first eggs deposited will

be about hatching into larvae, all of which would seem like too much to

leave. I now set them out, and gave them liberty; shading the hive,

&c., as before directed. They all proved faithful and industrious,

prospering like others. If their design was for a distant location,

they put a good face on the matter in the end.





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