This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Among the industries of Paris the keeping of bees is one that is much practiced, and frequent complaints have been made to the police about the nuisance this occasioned. One inhabitant keeps from eight to nine hundred hives. Valuable as is the possession of bees to the owners, there is no question but that they do a great deal of damage in various directions. At the Say sugar refinery, it is calculated that the damage amounts to 25,000f. a year, for a whole jar-full of syrup will be completely emptied in less than a couple of hours, and two or three bushels of bees are taken or destroyed within the day. The workmen, who are obliged to follow their occupation bare to the waist, suffer terribly from these little pests, and frequently get badly stung. - Leeds Mercury.