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Re: Seeking Article From 1917 ABJ

I'm sorry,

I found a BIG error on my part.
I collected the reference from the "Bees in America"
Bibliography by Tammy Horn, but I mixed up the lines
with the prior listed reference.

The article I am searching for is actually found in a ABJ issue, not BC issue

“How the Bees Saved America.” American Bee Journal 57, no.9 (1917): 307-308

It can also be found here, but I have no access:
Augustana journal, Volume 26
By Augustana Evangelical Lutheran Church, Evangelical Lutheran Augustana Synod
of North America

Best Wishes,

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Re: Seeking Article From 1917 ABJ

I have the basic story provided below,
which is from another source.

I'm still searching for the copy found in:
“How the Bees Saved America.” American Bee Journal 57, no.9 (1917): 307-308

Here is what the article is about:

From the book:
Plan Bee: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about the
Hardest-Working ...
By Susan Brackney

Lore has it that a twelve-year-old Quaker girl -along with
several hives full of honeybees -"saved America" during
the Revolutionary War. Tammy Horn, senior researcher
apiculturist at Eastern Kentucky University and the author
of Bees in America: How the Honey Bee Shaped a Nation,
originally unearthed the story from a 1917 issue of American
Bee Journal, but scholars haven't yet been able to verify
whether or not the event actually took place. Even if it is
just a tall tale, it's certainly a remarkable one.

It was the Summer of 1780 when General George Washington
and his "ragged, half starved soldiers" were camped just
outside Philadelphia. An attack on the Revolutionaries was
imminent, and the original text asserts, "man after man had
risked his life trying to get their secret, but so far no one had
been able to give Washington the important news without
which he dared not risk his small force in battle."

Meanwhile, as she walked down a path lined with beehives,
the local girl encountered a badly wounded Revolutionary
soldier who did manage to uncover the British army's plan.
He rode on horseback and entreated her to get his message to
Washington: A large army was coming on Monday. Because
the British soldiers weren't far behind, the girl mounted his
horse, grabbed a large stick, and before galloping away,
"with a smart blow, she beat each hive until the bees clouded
the air." The bees subsequently attacked the Redcoats, and the
narrator claims, "if they had been armed with swords the brave
bees could not have kept the enemy more magnificently at bay.
Upon receiving the girl and hearing her story, Washington
purportedly said, "Neither you nor your bees shall bee
forgotten when our country is at peace again. It was the
cackling geese that saved Rome, but the bees have saved

Some beekeepers who came along after George Washington
believed if they did not move each of their hives at least an
inch or two on February 22 -Washington's birthday -all
their honeybees would die.
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