Porter, a N. W. county of Indiana, bordered N. by Lake Michigan and S. by the Kankakee river, and drained by Calumet river and Coffee and Salt creeks; area, about 420 sq. m.; pop. in 1870, 13,942. It has a nearly level surface toward the north, which becomes rough and broken in the south; and the soil, principally occupied by forest and prairie, is generally fertile. It is traversed by several railroads. The chief productions in 1870 were 143,575 bushels of wheat, 212,331 of Indian corn, 178,886 of oats, 66,352 of potatoes, 220,-998 lbs. of butter, 52,721 of wool, and 21,841 tons of hay. There were 5,087 horses, 4,405 milch cows, 7,644 other cattle, 15,200 sheep, and 10,039 swine; 5 manufactories of agricultural implements, 3 of bricks, 4 of carriages, 4 of cooperage, 1 of paper, 1 of woollens, 4 flour mills, 9 saw mills, 1 tannery, and 1 currying establishment. Capital, Valparaiso.
Jane, an English novelist, born in Durham in 1776, died in Bristol, May 24, 1850. She lost her father in childhood, was educated at Edinburgh, and afterward removed to London with her mother and sister. Here she published "Thaddeus of Warsaw," which was translated into several languages, and obtained for her admission as a lady can-oness into the Teutonic order of St. Joachim. In 1809 she published "The Scottish Chiefs," a novel founded on the adventures of Bruce and Wallace, which also was very popular. "The Pastor's Fireside," "Duke Christian of Luneburgh," "The Field of Forty Footsteps," and " Sir Edward Seaward's Diary " (1831) are her other most important works. The last is a work of fiction, but so life-like that a leading review discussed it as veritable history. In 1841 Miss Porter accompanied her brother, Sir Robert Ker Porter, to St. Petersburg, and after his death returned to England.
Anna Maria, sister of the preceding, born in Durham about 1781, died near Bristol, June 21, 1832. In her childhood she was much in the company of Walter Scott, who delighted in relating stories to her. Her first works were two collections of " Artless Tales" (1793 and 1795), besides which she wrote "Walsh Colville" (1797), "Octavia" (3 vols., 1798), "The Hungarian Brothers" (1807), "Don Sebastian" (1809), "Ballad Romances and other Poems" (1811), "The Recluse of Norway" (1814), "The Village of Mariendorpt" (1818), "The Fast of St. Magdalen" (1821), "The Knight of St. John," in conjunction with her sister Jane, and " Tales round a Winter's Hearth " (1826).