The writer noticed some five years ago a brilliant description of a rose named Felicite perpetuelle, and ordered it from London. The "felicity" has not arrived, for it has bloomed this season for the first time, and very sparsely.

It is asserted that only those birds which live upon fruits, or the mixed nectar and insects extracted from flowers, usually possess brilliant colors.

Suspension of life is a topic of discussion. This is produced by Mandragora, and extends over several hours. Its use was continued probably till the thirteenth or fourteenth century. From its action comes the Shakesperian legend of Juliet. The wine of Mandragora has the power of suspending without destroying active life. This wine was the Morion of the ancients. The plant from which Morion was originally made, the Atropa belladonna, has similar properties to the Atropa Mandragora. Nitrate of Amyl has the power to suspend animation, and so have other things. Thus there is nothing new in this matter.

Cinchona Culture in British India, is the title of a useful pamphlet by Sargent-major G. Bidie, of the Madras Museum.

W. G. Farlow, Assistant Professor of Botany at the Bussy Institution, Harvard University, has been appointed Professor of Cryptogamic Botany in the University proper. This is the first professorship in this important and difficult department established in the United States.