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A raoe between oarrier pigeons and bees is the latest sporting novelty. At the first blneh it might be Imagined that the 1 honey-seekers would be nowhere ie suoh a contest, and that the pigeons would •• win m a oanter," or flatter, rather. But the pigeon-fat cier m the German mauufaotnring town of Ramm. who firak etrack out the idea of such a race judged othorwhe and ventured to wager that m fine weather his bee 3 would return to their home from Rhynern to Ha mm before the p'geons. Accordingly twelve pigeons and twelve bees waa taken to Rhycern, the bees being covered with white fiae meal to distinguish them, and the twenty-four racers were let loobb togfathar. Among the bees there were four drones and eight working bees. The race waa a close one for the first-comer, a drone.who only pat m an appaaranoe 43e0 before the first pigeon. The eeoond pigeon and the other three drones arrived simultaneously, tha working beea and the remainder of the pigeons ■traggltng m afterwards. The fact of the working bees being beaten by the drones is suggestive of their looking after work on the way, but henctfoith we shall have to speak more respectfully of drone*.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2071, 23 February 1889

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A NOVEL RACE Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2071, 23 February 1889