In the online bee forums, it's suggested that beginning beekeepers read an old book called "Bee-Keeping for All." I found a copy to order.
Whoops! Turns out the book I wanted is by Abbé Warré and is available as a free pdf. What I got is this little gem by a fellow named Tickner Edwardes, written in 1922. Complete with vintage bookmark.
It has some good information, though, including some of the things I will need to get.
I am not sure how I'm going to come up with a bottle of cyanide, but I'll ask around. I'm sure Homeland Security will understand when I explain what it's for.
I'm tempted to take up pipe-smoking just so I can cut a dashing figure in my bee-veil.
I'll be out by the hive, tickling my bees with those feathers.