This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
Mr. Henry A. Baker, the agent for New Jersey, probably knowing we have a "sweet tooth," but for some time quite empty, has sent us Smith's Patent Wire and Straw Hive, which possesses some peculiarities that distinguish it from other hives in use. We have examined it with some interest, since it is to take its place in our "collection." Two ideas prevail in its construc-tion, ventilation and consequent coolness. Mr Bakar having just finished a very neat engraving, we have borrowed it to illustrate the subject Figure 1 is the perfect hive, with one of the movable sides or sashes out. Figure 2 is a skeleton view of the same. The hive is composed of a frame with double sides, both made of woven wire. The outer side or sash is movable, (as seen in figure 1,) and lined with straw. When these movable sides are out, the interior is plainly in view. The object sought for here is command of the temperature of the hive; but in addition to this, it affords the bee-keeper an opportunity of seeing what is going on inside. The hive can be used either with or without movable frames. The bottom is shaped like a "hopper," where the dead bees and dirt fall, and are easily removed.
There is but little wood work inside to harbor the moth, and the wire sides being all movable, the presence of the moth can be readily detected. Withal it is a cheap hive, plain but neatly and substantially made. The engravings will give the reader a good Idea of it without further description. We think we shall put her Italian majesty in this hive, if we can capture her among some of our friends. We shall report on both in due time.