. British bee journal & bee-keepers adviser. Bees. 354 THE BRITISH BEE JOURNAL. Nov. 8, 191?.. The Editors do not hold themselves responsible for the opinions expressed by correspondents. No notice will be taken of anonymous communications, and correspondents are requested to write on one side of the paper only and give their real names and addresses, not necessarily for publication, but as a guarantee of good faith. Illustrations should be drawn on separate pieces of paper. We do not undertake to return rejected communications. STANDARDISATION OF HIVES. [9567] In introducing the discussio

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. British bee journal & bee-keepers adviser. Bees. 354 THE BRITISH BEE JOURNAL. Nov. 8, 191?.. The Editors do not hold themselves responsible for the opinions expressed by correspondents. No notice will be taken of anonymous communications, and correspondents are requested to write on one side of the paper only and give their real names and addresses, not necessarily for publication, but as a guarantee of good faith. Illustrations should be drawn on separate pieces of paper. We do not undertake to return rejected communications. STANDARDISATION OF HIVES. [9567] In introducing the discussion on the Standardisation of Hives Mr. Harman has touched upon a very weak spot in our bee-keeping practice. It may be presumed that the attitude of approval expressed towards the question by this correspondence is indicative, of the views of the majority of practical and ex- perienced bee-keepers. This being the case, suitable action ought not to be de- layed, otherwise an extremely favourable opportunity will be lost, for under present conditions the output of hives is re- stricted, stocks are low, and the neces- sity for concentration of effort in the pro- duction of hives is a feature which is be- coming more and more pressing. In other spheres of commercial enter- prise standardisation is increasingly assuming an economic necessity, and ap- plied to the construction of hives ft Would tend to lessen the cost of production and increase the output. The time is ripe for action, and if the Bee-keepers' Associa- tions will take up this question seriously, within a few years the rank and file will realise its advantages, and in due colirse the large number of superfluous patterns now on the market will fall into disuse and be replaced by those of standard design. By standardising several types of hive in the manner proposed by Mr. Harman, uniformity and interchangeability of each type could be obtained without in any way hindering future development, and improvement, of hive const

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