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A new idea (says the Otago Witness) in beehives is the “ .Simplicity Hive,” a specimen of which we have seen at Mr Le Xievre’s workshop in Stuart street. The hive is divided into two sections, the upper one being fitted up for the collection of honey, and the lower or e for breeding purposes. The upper portion is covered with a wooden mat, to prevent the bees adhering to the movable cover. Beneath this mat are fitted bar-frames perpendicularly arranged, and divided each into eight, severally capable of containing about a pound of honey. The frames are separated by sheets of tin, so that any one frame may be removed without the others being disturbed. There are seven of these frames in the upper part, which is thus capable of containing 561bs of honey. In the lower part of the hive section-boxes are provided for the purpose of preventing swarming. The alightingboard has a shallow groove of angular form, over which the hive may be shifted to regulate the size of the entrance. From the upper portion of the hive the hone)’, which is of the purest character, is placed with the frame perpendicularly in a honey extractor, which is driven by the hand at a rapid rate, causing the honey to leave the concb by the force of centrifugal action. The combs, which are uninjured by the process, may then be replaced, in the hive, to be again filled with honey.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 539, 20 January 1882

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NEW BEEHIVE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 539, 20 January 1882