A correspondent at Minneapolis says that Prof. Lewis of St. Paul furnishes the following account of the Nelumbium as growing in western waters:

" The aquatic plant now being sold about the streets of our Minnesota cities and claimed by some to be identical with the lotus of the Nile, is not a water lily (Nympbaeacea), but belongs to another order differing somewhat from it, that of the Nelumbiacea or water-beans. This latter order has only two genera, the Nelumbium speciosum and the Nelumbium luteum. The former is pink in color and is supposed to be the lotus sacred in the eyes of the Egyptians and the Hindus and around which so many interesting myths are clustered. The latter, (greenish yellow in color) is the Minnesota flower referred to, which, though but lately brought to notice in this region has long since been described in botanical works as growing near Philadelphia, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.

"Here in the northwest it is found on the Minnesota river near Mendota, at Lake Minnetonka, and along the Mississippi river at the head of Lake Pepin, just above La Crosse, and also at least as far down as the head of Rock Island rapids.

" It seems that our indigenous Nelumbium lute-um flowers grow most profusely in summers when a combination of low water and high temperature furnishes extra heat to the roots, and thus forces the plant. The present profuseness with which it is met in fully developed perfection, is proof that this is no 'off year' for its kind".

In connection with this the following from the Independent may be appended:

"Dr. Newberry notes that the lily of the Nile has wholly disappeared from that river, though there is ample evidence that it was abundant in the pre historic times. Specimens are frequently found in mummy cases. It was not a Nelumbium, as many writers persist in stating, but a species of Nymphaea - N. lotus. The true lotus of classical history, Dr. Newberry says, is a Zizyphus - probably the one sometimes cultivated in American collections of trees, and known there as Zizyphus communis. It is very hardy in our climate, very thorny, and bears an orange-colored, round fruit, the size of a Damson plum".