The Pictou Bee: An insider. An outsider. Honey with a sting.


Like the honey Bee, we will be diligent in [trying to] amuse and instruct our readers…
We shall cultivate peace and friendship with our contemporaries…[but]…
We carry arms…not for the purpose of offensive operations…they shall only be used in self-defense when that course becomes unavoidably necessary…
We invite writers of talent to contribute occasionally, useful and entertaining articles.

This is how The Bee, a progressive, reform-minded weekly from Pictou announced its presence to Nova Scotia in May 1835. 
We can find no more appropriate language or sentiment with which to announce our presence these 165+ years later (“Devoted to: News, Politics, Literature, Agriculture etc”)

*The Bee contained the latin phrase: Justum et tenacem propositi virum Non civium ardor prava jubentium, Non vultus instantis tyranni, Mente quatit solida (The man who is just and resolute will not be moved from his settled purpose, either by the misdirected rage of his fellow citizens, or by the threats of an imperious tryant) in the banner.

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