J. Jager writes to W.G. Purcell on Slovenian Beehives

10 Jan 1935

“It is amusing to remember how I started to smoke.  It was at my Grandfathers.  He must have been way over his nineties. He attended the bees, sitting on the wooden bench near his beehouse, full of beehives with painted hive front.  Three of such over hundred years old are still in my possession.  Each front had an original peasant painting.  By the paintings the hives were named.  He said “the witch-hive will swarm to-day.  While he watched, I took his pipe . . . ”

 

John Jager, savant, architect and friend of W.G. Purcell, was born in Carniola, Austria, on May 16, 1871.