National Geographic : 1962 Jul
KODACHROMEBY NATIONALGEOGRAPHICPHOTOGRAPHERTHOMASNEBBIA can suffer a bit of discomfit when hit's his livin' at stake." -a kindly, sharp-featured man in his late forties-leaned against the fence explaining to me the problems of the bee gums. "I've shore had more trouble with b'ars and bees than any livin' man," he said. "First, I used to put the bee gums back in the woods. But the b'ars got 'em even when I fenced the bee gums in." "What happened?" I asked. "A b'ar knocked the fence down." After a pause he went on to say: "I built a 'lectric fence. Know whut the b'ar did? Hit knowed if hit tetched the fence when hits feet were on the ground, hit would get shook up. Know whut hit did? That b'ar came running, cotched the 'lectric fence with hits feet off the ground, knocked hit down, and got my honey." Kermit took off his hat and wiped his brow. "I built a new 'lectric fence. 'Nother b'ar dug under hit. I should hev giv up then and brung my bee gums home. But I fixed to out 61 N.G.S.