The American public were greatly entertained, two years ago, with wonderful reports of the curative properties of a new plant, "Cundurango." Although we know that in one case it did prove of great efficacy, yet probably, in a majority of cases, it failed to meet the popular estimation.

A new plant is now making its way to prominent notice, called Boldo, which, upon the authority of the Medical Press, is really wonderful.

"Researches have been made by Messrs. Du-jardin, Baumetz, and C. L. Verne, on this proposed addition to our list of medicines. Boldo is a tree, found in Chili, of a height of five or six feet, isolated on mountainous regions, with yellow blossoms and verdant foliage. Its bark, leaves and blossom possess marked aromatic odor, resembling a mixture of turpentine and camphor. The leaves contain largely an essential oil. It contains an alkaloid which is already called "boldine." Its properties are chiefly as a stimulant to digestion, and haying a marked action on the liver. Its action was discovered accidentally thus: some sheep, which were liver diseased, were confined in an enclosure, which happened to have been recently repaired with Boldo twigs. The animals ate the leaves and shoots, and were observed to recover speedily. Direct observation proves its action. Thus, one gramme of the tincture excites appetite, increases the circulation, and produces symptoms of circulatory excitement, and acts on the urine, which gives out the peculiar odor of Boldo."

The Gardener's Chronicle, in commenting upon it, says that it is a native of Chili, Boldosa fragrans. Its introduction to medicine is comparatively recent. Professor Bent-ley speaks of its employment as a remedy to diseases of the liver. In Chili the tree has many uses; the sugary, succulent fruits are eaten; the bark is employed in tanning; and the wood is much esteemed when prepared as charcoal.