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♦ FOR BOYS AND GIRLS. The B$es' Wedding. By QUEENIE SCOTT-HOPPER. Lyriette, just come in from school this sleepy' summer afternoon, stood in the middle » .j e hall, amoni' the cool dim shadows, and "■Jd half aloud Now, what am I going to do ?" Pstairs, in her bedroom, was a lovely new waiting to be read and on an ^nioon like this, what a pleasant lazy place On" *'11' hammock, under the lime-tree, where Qe; could read tine's book or fall asleep over j.' 5,lat as one pleased. But, on the other hand, ti Wa,s Ttle Bees' Wedding to be prac- acPd—the piece which Lynette was to play as { P,aD" solo at the school concert, now a very _w wtieks distant and this was surely a good j P^rtunity for practising, when father and other were both in town, and nobody would l3t/urbed b\ a somewhat long-continue buz- g of Mendelssohn's bees. Now, what am I going to do ?" Lynette and the grandfather clock in the ,ril('r, as there was nobod\ else to answer the lotion, remarked „ £ ock-tock Took-tock < e counting time," said Lynette. "I ti .?^ he means to say, Better go and prac- Ice." And, I suppose, you are quite right, father, although, dear mc I can't help tn n;rIn'^ how much I should prefer the ham- and the story-bpok." wt^shed her hands and smoothed her hair ^•J.Went into the drawing-room, where the of roses came in through the long j DuOws opening on the lawn. Here she sat own to the piano and began to play. You Qow how the piece begins, as if with the hum- of a crowd of golden wings, a crowd of to cIted feoes that have come from far and near wi Queen Bee's wedding, nette has just b(* first few bars, when suddenly she <sipCv-me awa<re that a bee—a real live one—was cling round and round her head, buzzing in j uer ear. kv ne has come in at the window, I suppose," "I had better help him o find hIS out again, poor fellow 1 He will only be serableinhere." toShe got up and went softly in pursuit, trying y catch the bee in her handkerchief, and was friuch astonished to hear him remark I have, come vto invite you to the wed- -.¿¡n,g. „ Jhe wedding?" said puzzled Lynette. Yes," he replied. "The Bees'Wedding, Vi/; kaow. Our Queen Bee is to be married be a^ternoon. I don't suppose you have ever at a royal wedding before ?' «, —never," said Lynette. w. In en this is a chance that you must not &8, Follow me quickly!" he boomed. "I » Humble Bee—a very humble bee, indeed. v,;r° aot belong to the swarm, nor live in the Snv, so not reallv one of Her Majesty s bjects. But all the. bive-bees are so busy \\t -day with preparations' for the wedding that Humble Bees have left our little boles in the J«ttny bank, the bachelor quarters where we ? each by himself, to act as heralds. fpli Vei7 handsome herald he looked, this big with his velvet coat and belt of gold, £ °Ugh he did call himself a Humble Bee. followed him across the garden to the chard. And there, sure enough, it was easy r ,s.ef! and hear that something exciting was aT place amongst the bees. Yonder were, Tumbled the Queen Bee's courtiers, the "say-coated knights who watched and waited Serly for her coming forth into their midst, t *s there going to be a tournament ?" asked .yUette, Do thfey mean to fight like knights ? Will the Queen Bee marry the ^ctor ?" e Queen Bee will marry the victor, but the „0 £ teat is not a tournament," was the reply. a "his is what Queen Bee does when she means *° choose a mate. Up into the air she flies— bPtrUp, up And her courtiers follow her and to overtake her. He who overtakes her wins prize. But it is not easy, for Queen Bee's j/'Sht is swift—so swift and he must have a f heart and tireless wings who seeks to Hush !—she comes forth." ahe came, the Queen Bee. Such a at «io-v^ra*'?r,0* love and gladness there arose Vnn m 1 hei*—the same kind of sound that «l r,?ay f8* when people are standing before j. P y.ure °f our de* Queen Alexandra and f eJoICIDg anew in the sweetness of her lovely ace. << n0ur Queen the murmur seemed to say. c.Llr Queen We love her so." iShe hovered there for an instant on gauzy shir V en Parted swiftly up through the sun- ^hirl the far blue sky. A whirr and a tra-i!' and her knights were after her in the the shining speck, soaring upward, ^atnf ^ere the Queen Bee led. Lynette •jiu "ed them till they could be seen no longer. she heard the voice of a little worker at side, 9ur Queen the little worker said. We ^eherso." q you wi3h that you conld have been a Bee yourself instead of a worker ?" in • Lynette. fur y was thft answer "We each have aPP°inted place, and I am happy in mine, my joy to be her loyal subject, serving her Qii<jf my heart and strength. But they are &ot^ken who fancy that the Queen herself is Jjj a worker, too. She is the mother of the 'Y0- We are her children, as well as her I ,P3^cta." n Per children ?" Lynette repeated. la ^3- For it is always the Queen Bee who pro8 eggs in the cells that the workers have 6o Pa^ed. Sometimes three hundred eggs, eaeh *mes a thousand or more, are laid by her ftbri .day during the later months of spring. All the hive she moves attended by a train orkers, who bring honey for her refresh- u wait on her with loving care. She Plar>WS the right kind of cell in which to hp e Ca('h egg, for the workers, you know, JV^P&re different, kinds of cells for the different of babies A single square-inch of comb nta.ina nearly sixty bee-cradles. The largest meant for the eggs that Will be queen bees day, and there is a special kind of food, royal jelly, prepared for feeding the rubs." j wWhen do the grubs come out ?" asked j^ette. u ^fter three days," the bee told her. They CawLi e tiny white threads, and are fed and tiii^ ^or t>v the nurses of the hive. These l'ses are young bees that have not yet begun jfS0 out and gather honey. The baby grub Ceh 8 and grows till at last it nearly fills the » and then the nurse-bee seals up the door- jjj.K^ith a waxen cap, and the little creature e spins its cocoon. Wrapped upinthi9 cjJ^y blanket, it passes through its last f B^%e of form and biting away the wax cel1, where was laid as a little aiH? eSg three weeks before it comes out a ,er:-winged bee." ^yiiette happens next V' inquired ^or the first twenty-four hours it feeds on. in the nearest open cell of the honey- And then it begins to be a Busy Bee at tb e-first as a nurse on duty in the hive and b en, when it is about a fortnight old, as a i? £ y*f?atherer." It 1:t must be very pleasant work gathering ey ?" observed Lynette. «« It is very hard work" the bee told her. .honey-gathering bee seldom lives more a few weeks. Then when the tired little thfif ^as brought his last load home and feels he can do no more he goes away to some lea Place and dies. He does not want to h his dead body in the hive to be a trouble th l9 ^r°ther-bees you see he is unselfish to t djdn't know bees died so soon," said ^ette. <j« Yet the bees that are born in the hive each ■y are more than the bees that die outside it," the answer. "The hives would soon be Co.erc.rowded did not some of us go forth as Qxi O!lists to set up homes elsewhere. The old ^ifen-mother depai-ts, with thousands of her ty. ?^ers, strong and skilled workers, giying up Jo well-stored home for the good of the j^hger race. And then, you see, that younger e must choose a young new queen to rule them. That is what has just been hap- &ho^"e have chosen our new queen, and qu ,ls choosing her consort. Ah I expect the j?!ce has been made ere now." ^h twos and threes discouraged suitors, Di 9sc Wings had failed them, had come drop- hack to earth. Queen Bee had out-di»- first the eaegr crowd, then the persever- till at last one-one only-followed her JJQT' He would not lose sight of her—he would .slacken the chase. At last!—at last! far heights of sunshine he caught her and her for his own. And down they came j. ^rth again together, the Queen Bee and her ^Pted lover, who had wooed her and had 0j Her loyal sub iects broke into a chorus eager welcome—welcome to their Queen Bee U„ their Queen Bee's king. Such was the es Wedding. dritÓher, who found Lynette curled up on the ^Wing-room floor, with her head pillowed on fall Pian<>stool, declares thiit she must have aft^Q as^eeP there on that drowsy summer is ^oon, and dreamed a dream. But Lynette I Hey 8ure that it was not so and she has OutfuPla7ed Mendelssohn's music Bince with- su thinking of the Bees'Wedding, at" which j)vaa a guest. She wonders sometimes dred °r the great musician, born just a hun- bijy y(>ai'a aP°' was once> perhaps, present fcotit at a Queen Bee's marriage-feast, and Ujii the music of the happy bees in his th,Try until he turned it at last into one of aamtiest of his Songs without Words.

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