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Vern D /////////////////////////////////////// Transcribed by Dee Sardoch ///////////////////////////////////// Stockton Daily Argus Stockton, San Joaquin Co., CA ******************************* >>Wednesday, 16 Mar 1861<<
NEW BEEHIVE -- Mr. D.M. ALDRICH, a gentleman of Mokelumne Hill, who has had great experience in the culture of bees, has constructed a hive that bids fair to be an improvement on anything, heretofore invented. His hive consists of a box about 14 inches square on the bottom by 16 inches high, in which he places 4 sets of frames -- 2 on each side -- with doors and glass so arranged that they permit the light to pass through the hive from side to side when both doors are opened. This divides each sheet of comb, from top to bottom, into 4 sections, any one of which can be taken out at pleasure, and an empty frame inserted in its place, without the danger of having the comb connected with 2 or more sets of frames. No piece of comb is larger than about 6 by 8 inches square. It is, therefore, easily handled, without danger of breaking, either in taking from the hive or transporting to market. Each frame has a face of 3/8ths of an inch on all sides of it, giving the bees access to every part of the hive. We understand that Mr. ALDRICH intends to apply for a patent for his hive.