Is Kalmia Poisonous?

A chemical friend at Washington promises to analyze Kalmia leaves, and report what he finds He will certainly not find prussic acid as some conjecture, merely because by some chance the Kalmia was called a laurel, when it has no relation whatever with that laurel which has this poison in it. Some Ericaceae, Arbutus for instance, have given slight indications of possessing some narcotic properties, but in so small a degree as to be of little moment.

Erica Meditteranea

This is the plant referred to by "H. S. C.," Collinsville, Conn., in the following note. It would scarcely stand a New England winter: 'Can you inform me through magazine the name of the pink-flowering Heath common on the hills about Nice, and whether it would live here in New England with cover in the winter?"

Atamasco Lily

This is probably the plant referred to by "H. S. C." in the following note - Zephyranthus Atamasco, or possibly the newer Z. Treatae: "Name of white lily common in Florida from Gulf coast to Jacksonville. Flowers about Easter. About one foot high, upright on stem. Is it a Zephyranthus ?"

Suel Foster

Few persons have done more for Western agriculture and Western fruit growing than Suel Foster. He was one of the founders of the Iowa Agricultural College. He found friends, after an advocacy of many years, to get a bill introduced into the Legislature to create the College. Defeated then, it was carried in 1858.

The Land Grant by the United States, to support Agricultural Colleges, a subsequent measure, found in him also an earnest and effective advocate.

Joseph Decaisne

This eminent pomologist and botanist died in Paris, on the 8th of February, in the 75th year of his age. His colored drawings and descriptions of fruits will long remain standard authorities. His great botanical knowledge gave him great advantages, and perhaps to Decaisne more than to any other man, do we owe the eminence of modern pomology as a branch of science.

Sweet Potato Culture

By James Fitz, New York; Orange Judd Company. A small pamphlet of fifty-eight pages, which seems to cover the whole subject intelligently and completely.

Universal Interest Tables

By Prof. George William Jones, of Cornell University, Ithaca, N. Y. Published by Frick & Apgar.

This is a cheap and extremely useful little manual, showing at a glance the amount of interest due on any sum, for any time, long or short, at various rates of interest. It is worthy of a place in every business man's office at least.