This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
One of the most profitable speculations in Bee-keeping that we ever knew, was by a young lady in Illinois, until recently, Miss Ella Dunlap. But two Cali-fornian girls seem to have gone ahead of her A correspondent of the Rural Press says "that they kept on teaching till they got money enough to buy two hundred stands of bees. They then bid good-bye to school and took possession of their bee-farm. Their accommodations were not palatial, but they answered the purpose, and I will wager anything I have in the world that no weary traveler passing the Smith-Linden rancheria would say that the inmates were ' keeping bach.'
Last week the senior partner came up by steamer with the first 2,500 pounds of white sage honey. She has another 1,000 pounds coming. She found the honey market depressed on account of the financial collapse, and put it in store until things looked brighter,
I have no business to be telling this story, but I think it ought to be told for the encouragement of girls tired to death of sewing and teaching. And 1 think it ought to be told to prove that one student of the University has taken to agricultural pursuits. And I think that every pound of honey should be sold to the good housekeepers of San Francisco at prices which will pay the producers fairly for their creditable undertaking.
Miss Smith is taking advantage of her leisure to collect information about honey secreting plants. She sowed all the mignonette seed she could get last year, and now intends putting in a crop of two acres."