We are indebted to the courtesy of Messrs. Vilmorin-Andrieux & Co., of Paris, for the following particulars respecting the new vegetable, "Choro-Gi," extracted from M. Paillieux's work, "Le Potager d'un Curieux:"

"Stachys affinis is a native of Northern China and Japan, and is a perennial plant, forming numerous underground tubers; formed by a succession of nodosities, somewhat resembling the tops of the swollen roots of AErrhenatherum elatius var. bulbosum. Stem single or branching, erect or in a prostrate position at the base, quadrangular, with hispid hairs on the angles, and from 10 inches to 16 inches high. Leaves opposite, long-stalked, rugose hispid, with a heart-shaped base, toothed, and crenate; the lower ones oval, the upper ones oval-oblong, and gradually becoming smaller as they approach the top; flowers sessile, borne 4-6 in distinct pseudo-whorls. In our ground, the plant has proved extraordinarily vigorous, and has yielded an abundance of tubers, but we have only observed a few flowers on more than fifty fully-developed plants.

"In the spring of 1882 we received from the Acclimatization Society a box containing tubers of Stachys affinis, which had been sent to the society by Dr. E. Bretschneider, Physician of the Russian Legation at Pekin, but all but five or six tubers perished during the voyage. Such, however, is the ease with which it is propagated, that the loss of the greater part did not grieve us. From the first year each tuber planted on an old hot-bed gave us a satisfactory increase, and from the second year the plants left on the bed yielded from 200 to 300 per cent. By this means we were enabled to send plants to the vegetable section of the Acclimatization Society, and, following the example of the Japanese, to introduce into our pickles a pretty large proportion of tubers. The result has been very satisfactory.

" For five or six years we had in vain asked for 'Choro-Gi' in Japan. The plant is hardy, having stood without protection through the winter of 1882-83, though it is true that winter was not a very rigorous one. Belonging to Northern China, it will, however, probably stand the hardest winters. The tubers of 'ChoroGi' are used in Japan for pickling in plum vinegar, but are not used in the same way in China; Dr. Bretschneider, on being questioned by us on the subject, however, could not say how they are prepared for the table. The tubers, which are small, French-white, and of fine shape, have no flavor of their own, but readily absorb the aromatic vinegar in which they are immersed. We recommend that they be mixed with Angouina (Trichosanthes anguina), Tropaeolum tuberosum, and Mioga (Zingiber Mioga, or Amomum Mioga of Kaempfer). The sight of the nice small tubers of ' Choro-Gi' is sufficient to induce us to consign them at once to the frying-pan, either in their natural state or plunged into paste and seasoned with lemon-juice. Cooked in the latter way particularly, they make an agreeable dish, which can be made use of the whole winter.

We must observe, however, that the tubers cannot be kept out of the ground, or out of a sand-heap under cover, as, if exposed to the air they soon blacken and wither, and in a few days are lost".

Potato Soup - is an excellent thing when nicely made. It requires some practice to turn out potato soup nicely, but the general plan is simple enough; the cooked potatoes are broken up and boiled in a smallish quantity of water, with a small proportion of onions and turnips, the flavor of which should be slight. Generally speaking, one small onion and one small turnip will suffice if cut up small; but, of course, the quantity must be proportioned to that of the soup. Let them all be boiled a reasonable time, and then beat the pulp through a colander; or, if time presses, beat it in the pot with a large spoon. Now add as much new milk as the quantity of water added originally, and a little flour first beaten up with cold milk to give smoothness and whiteness. Add loaf-sugar, salt, and nutmeg. To determine the right proportions of these is a matter of taste and judgment. - Gardeners' Magazine.