The Torpedo

The living torpedo was employed by the ancient Greek and Roman physicians as a remedial agent, and a living electric fish was undoubtedly alike the earliest and the most familiar electric instrument employed by mankind. The works of Galen, Dioscorides, Scribonius, and Asclepiades prove that the shock of the torpedo had been used as a remedy in paralytic and neuralgic affections before the Christian era.

Torreya Grandis

A noble evergreen tree, perfectly hardy. It has some resemblance to Cephalotaxua. Mountains of Northern China.

Torreya Myristica

California Nutmeg. Nat. order, Coniferae, Dioscia Polyandria.

A beautiful evergreen tree, thirty or forty feet high, native of elevated regions in the Sierra Nevada of California. The slightest glance at the internal structure of the fruit at once identifies this tree with the Torreya of the Southern United States, found only in the Ashalaga and Apalachicola country of middle Florida; there has been discovered the Torreya Taxifolia of Dr. Arnott. On first aspect there is as much difference between them as there is between the Cephalotaxus Fortuni and the common Yew. The Cepholo-taxus represents our California Nutmeg with its large foliage, and the common Yew Torreya taxifolia; in fact, the foliage and fruit of Torreya myristica are more than twice the size of T. taxifolia, and thus the common observer will never be at a loss to distinguish them. Bot. Mag., tab. 4780.

Torreya Nucifera. Taxus Nucifera

The plants in cultivation are small, consequently little or nothing can be said of its beauty or habit. "It looks well," (as cultivators say.) Said to be a small tree from Japan.

A Tour Round My Garden

A Tour Round My Garden is the title of a little hew French book, the name of which attracted our attention, and from which we shall make a few extracts. It may be said to be intensely French and tolerably amusing, but instead of facts and information, it is mainly humorous or satirical; the satire is however, so good humored and self satisfied, that while it attempts to laugh at care and human nature, and philosophises upon the follies of the world and of all who do not prefer a garden to everything else, we cannot but be entertained. The following is the best we could select for translation.

Town And Country

We wish that any hints we can offer might induce our stalwart young men who are struggling for a livelihood in towns and cities, to go forth into the country, throw off the livery of coventional life, put on the frock, and with uprolled sleeves, seize, themselves, the plough, and "greatly independentn live. The prolific bosom of mother earth has enough for all her children Who will seek their supplies from her abundancies, for giving doth not impoverish her; and scattering her blessings but increases her means.

Trailing Arbutus

For rock - work, the arbutus uva ursi, or bear berry, is one of the prettiest and best of our native plants.

Leaf mold or peat sand in which to plant it, is essential to its successful growth.