from Perelman's sketch Beauty and the Bee

From the Best of S. J. Perelman. (The Modern Library Edition, published by Random House (1947) excerpted from Beauty and the Bee

Perelman gives advice on how to remove a swarm of bees from the dead space inside the wall of a house:

“Take a small boy smeared with honey and lower him between the walls. The bees will fasten themselves to him by the hundreds and can be scraped off when he is pulled up, after which the the boy can be thrown away. If no small boy smeared with honey can be found, it may be necessary to take an ordinary small boy and smear him, which should give pleasure.”