In the fall of 1916, the bee-plague struck Hive-Maker's farm.
Images: The dead bees are isolated on white, as a child cuts one apart, to show us the clogged breathing apparatus. The terrible plague mites inside show themselves large.
Bee-Plague and the Alamogordo HoneyMoon
During the period of Ella's employment, the threatened bee-mite plague has indeed killed all of Hive-Maker's other bees, while the Mesopotamian bees have flourished, a fact which Ella and her new paramour Zoltan Abbassid celebrate by marrying. The two suddenly depart England, leaving Hive-Maker behind, and make their way to a honeymoon among the cowboys of Alamogordo, New Mexico.