A Florida correspondent sends us the following paragraph, and asks, is there " any foundation " for it?

"The great botanist, Anthoskoff, found in Siberia, in 1870, the ravishing snow flower, the seeds of which he took to St. Petersburg, and which flowered in the presence of the Imperial family. This beautiful and impressive member of the floral kingdom is perfectly white, leaves, stock and flower, and it springs up to the height of three feet in three days ! The plant possesses only three snow-white leaves and its flower; buds, blossoms and fades in twenty-four hours. It is in the shape of a star, about four inches in diameter, and possesses petals of great length. It exhales a slight and delicate odor, but if touched by a warm hand both it and the leaves and the stock on which they rest, dissolve instantly into a substance that seems almost pure snow. It would appear, indeed, that it was a kind of snow fungus, but it produces seeds which can be transported, and which when sown in the snow, readily come to maturity and produce flowers. It is frequently mentioned in Russian, Tartar, and Norse poetry, but up to its actual discovery by the botanist referred to, its existence had generally been considered fabulous".

[In the first place there is no "great botanist," Anthoskoff. Anthos is Greek for "flower" - and the whole thing is evidently made up by some clever newspaper reporter. It sprang up, we fancy in less than three days - probably three minutes were sufficient to bring into full maturity from the seed, as it fell on cerebral snow cap, where it was first found. - Ed. G. M].