Samuel Smiles, a British author, born at Haddington, Scotland, in 1816. After practising as a surgeon for some time at Leeds, he became editor of the Leeds " Times " in 1845, secretary of the Leeds and Thirsk railway, and in 1852 secretary of the Southeastern railway, from which post he retired in I866. He has published "Physical Education, or Nature of Children" (Edinburgh, 1837); "History of Ireland and the Irish People under the Government of England" (London, 1844); "Life of George Stephenson" (1857); "Self-Help, with Illustrations of Character and Conduct" (1859); " Brief Biographies " (Boston, 1860); "Workmen's Earnings, Strikes, and Savings " (London, 1861); "Lives of the Engineers, with an Account of their Principal Works" (4 vols. 8vo, 1861-'5; new ed., 5 vols., 1875), including that of Stephenson; "Industrial Biography" (1863); "The Huguenots, their Settlements, Churches, and Industries in England and Ireland" (1867); "Character," a companion volume to "Self-Help" (1871); "The Huguenots in France, after the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes" (1874); and "Thrift" (1875). Most of his works have passed through several editions in England and America.

Smilax Vine (Myrsiphyllum asparagoides).

Smilax Vine (Myrsiphyllum asparagoides).