AMONG the plants peculiar to the island of Madagascar is the "traveler's tree." By looking at the picture, you will see that it is rather a curious looking tree. It does not resemble our maples, oaks, elms, or poplars in the least. It certainly is not an American tree.

The leaves of this tree are from six to eight feet long, and look as if they might be fastened on the top. The tree loves a dry and sandy soil, and grows most beautifully even in the dryest weather. Each leaf contains a quantity of pure, fresh water; and as it is very difficult for travelers to get water to drink in this dry region, these trees take the place of wells. At all seasons of the year, whenever a spear is stuck into the stalk of the leaf, and drawn out, a stream of water gushes out, affording a cool, sweet, and wholesome beverage. 

Its wood is often used in the construction of dwellings, and for many domestic purposes. 

Our Creator has indeed arranged everything for the benefit of man, and has made everything of use.