21 NOVEMBER 1908, Page 34



SIB,—In a recent review of "A Little Land and a Living" you say that "you have yet to hear of any one who makes a good living exclusively from bees." I enclose a copy of a letter from Mr. George W. York, one of our best-known beekeepers here, whose address is 118 W. Jackson Street, Chicago, Ill.

"I note your quotation from the Spectator, of England. There are not very many beekeepers in the 'United States who are depending entirely upon their bees for a living. And, of course, I would not expect there would be any such in England, as beekeeping is conducted on a very small scale over there. In this country we have single beekeepers who run from five hundred to a thousand colonies of bees, while perhaps the largest apiary in England would contain from fifty to a hundred colonies. Perhaps the following would be good specimens of those who depend mainly upon their bees for a living in this country :—E. D. Townsend, Remus, Mich.; M. H. Pitendleson, Ventura, Calif. ; W. L. Cogg,shall, West Croton, N.Y.; Louis H. Scholl, New Braunfels, Tex.; Dr. C. C. Miller, Marengo, Ill.; M. A. Gill, Box 26, Longmont, Colo.; J. F. McIntyre, Ventura, Calif. ; L. E. Mercer, 731 E. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, Calif. Perhaps the fore- going will suffice I think practically all of them depend princi- pally upon bees entirely for their living, and make the production of honey their special business. I know personally all those I have mentioned, and know that they are extensive beekeepers."