Dear little Speedwell! How much good-fellowship its name implies! Before the steam engine became a convenient means of transportation, many a weary and foot-sore traveler has been cheered and encouraged as he trudged the by-paths of country highways, by these little bright blue blossoms, or as Tennyson says, "the little Speedwell's darling blue." There is an ancient tradition regarding this flower that is connected with our Lord. When bearing His cross to Calvary, He happened to pass the door of Veronica, a Jewish maiden, who, seeing the drops of agony on His brow, wiped His face with a linen cloth. The sacred features remained impressed upon the linen, and owing to the fancied resemblance of the Speedwell's blossom to the markings on this hallowed piece of fabric, the plant was named Veronica. This relic is known as the kerchief of St. Veronica, and still reposes, it is said, in St. Peter's Cathedral in Rome. Small wonder, then, that this plant was believed to possess miraculous virtues for curing various bodily ailments. Even now it is used as a tonic and cough medicine, and also for healing wounds. The Common Speedwell is found in blossom from May to August along roadsides and in dry fields, uplands and open woods, from North Carolina and Tennessee to Michigan and Canada. It is a low-growing perennial, increasing by creeping roots or stolens and extending its slender, hairy, branching and leafy stalk, from three to ten inches in length. It usually sprawls along the ground, often rooting again and again at the leaf joints. The downy, oblong, saw-edged, evergreen leaf is broad and rounding at the apex, and is narrowed at the base into a short stem. They are set upon the stalk in opposite pairs. The delicate little pale blue flower has four lobes, each of which is striped with a darker shade. The lower lobe is noticeably smaller and narrower than the outer three. The calyx is four-parted, and there are two opposite flaring stamens and a pistil. They are crowded on slender upright stems, which spring from the axils of the leaves, forming narrow spike-like arrangements. The flowers are remarkably fragile and drop away upon the slightest provocation, and especially so when an attempt is made to pick them.