Ashton-Inder-Lyne, a manufacturing town and parish of Lancashire, England, on the Tame, 6 m. E. S. E. of Manchester; pop. in 1871, 32,030. The extensive factories for cotton spinning and weaving, calico printing, and other branches of the manufacture of cotton goods, employ more than 15,000 hands.


Asiago, a town of N. E. Italy, in the province and 17 m. N. of Vicenza; pop. 5,140. It has manufactories of straw hats. Asiago is the foremost among the "seven German communities" of Venetia.


Asinais, a tribe of Indians on Trinity river, Texas, frequently mentioned in accounts of La Salle's expedition and early Louisiana history under the name of Cenis. They were a branch of the confederation known as the Texas, were sedentary, cultivating rudely maize, beans, squashes, melons, and tobacco, and making mats and earthenware. They lived in large beehive-shaped cabins, each holding 15 or 20 families, and at a very early day procured horses from the Spaniards to use in war and hunting. La Salle visited them in 1686, and the French subsequently, under La Harpe and St. Denis, tried to gain them; but the Spaniards established missions and posts among them in 1715. Before the close of the century they ceased to be noticed as a separate tribe, and are now apparently extinct, unless they are represented by the Arapahoes.


Asmamshausen, a village of Prussia, province of Hesse-Nassau, on the right bank of the Rhine, 2 m. below Riidesheim; pop. about 600. It is famous for the wine of Asmannshausen, one of the best red Rhenish wines.


Asmeres, a village of France, in the department of the Seine, on the railroad from Paris to St. Germain, nearly 4 m. N. W. of Paris; pop. in 1866, 5,455. The.kings of France formerly had a castle here. The place, with its surroundings, was very conspicuous in the fights of the Paris communists with the government troops in the early days of April, 1871.

Asmodjeus, Or Asmodi

Asmodjeus, Or Asmodi (Ileb. Ashmedai, from shamad, to destroy), an evil demon mentioned in the later Jewish writers. In the book of Tobit he is described as murdering the seven husbands of Sarah, one after the other. In consequence of this he has been facetiously termed the evil spirit of marriage, or the demon of divorce. In the Talmud he figures as the prince of demons, and is said to have driven Solomon out of his kingdom. Tobit got rid of him by prayer and fasting. Asmodseus is the hero of Le Sage's novel Le diable boiteux.


Asopus. I. A river of Boeotia, now called the Oropo. It rises about 6 m. N. of Mt. Ela-tea (anc. Cithceron), flows E. through Boeotia, and empties into the channel of Egripo in the territory of Attica, near the town of Oropus; length about 25 m. II. A river of Peloponnesus, now called the Hagios Georgios (St. George). It flows from the mountains S. of Phlius N. E. through Argolis into the bay of Corinth. III. A river god, identified in legend with each of the above described rivers. The legends connecting him with the Asopus in Peloponnesus trace his descent from Neptune. He married Metope, daughter of Ladon, and by her had two sons and twelve or twenty daughters. Jupiter bore off his daughter AEgi-na, whereupon Asopus revolted, but was struck by a thunderbolt and reduced to submission.