Lady Wilkinson, in her book on flowers, gives many interesting particulars concerning the violet. It must have been greatly in favor with the Romans, she tells us, as they called their days set apart for decking graves " Dies Violaris." Pliny thought that violets were of medicinal value, and advised that garlands of them should be worn on the head. Different varieties of this flower grow in many parts of America, Palestine, China, Japan, Europe, and even on the Swiss Alps, and the ruins of the Colosseum at Rome. Its praises, we are told, have been written in many languages. Aboo Rumi, an Eastern poet, says, "it is not a flower; it is an emerald, bearing a purple gem." The Arabs, it is said, compare the eye of a beautiful woman to a violet. Homer speaks of Venus as crowned with violets, and Theocritus thought that these flowers were specially desirable for wreaths.

Aristophanes spoke of Athens as " violet crowned," and Dioscorides makes mention of the flower. In modern times this favorite, with its meanings of truth, modesty, and love, is spoken of by Shelley, in these lines:

" Lilies for a bridal bed, Roses for a matron's head, Violets for a maiden dead".

- The Open Court, a Chicago magazine.