Barron, a N. W. county of Wisconsin, watered by Hay and Vermilion rivers; pop. in 1870, 538. The chief productions in 1870 were 1,665 bushels of wheat, 10,130 of oats, 1,850 of potatoes, and 401 tons of hay.
Barrow Strait, a channel in Arctic America, named after Sir John Barrow, leading W. from Lancaster sound to Melville sound, in lat. 74° N., and between lon. 84° and 96° W. It averages 40 m. in width, and has a depth of 75 to 200 fathoms. Its coasts are mountainous. Capt. Parry first navigated it in 1819-'20.
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Barsac, a village of France, in the department of the Gironde, 21 m. by railway S. E. of Bordeaux; pop. in 1866, 3,076. It produces famous white wines which belong to the vintage of Graves. The ordinary Barsac is less delicate but stronger than Preignac, but the wines of upper Barsac are remarkable alike for strength and aroma. When old, the color becomes that of ambergris.
Bartfeld (Hun. Bartfa), a town of North Hungary, in the county of Saros, on the river Topla, near the Galician frontier, 155 m. N. E. of Pesth; pop. in 1870, 5,303. It is an old royal free town, has a gymnasium, and carries on trade in wine, brandy, earthenware, and linen. It was formerly an important emporium of the trade with Galicia, but its commercial activity has declined. It contains a Gothic church with fine works of art, and a town hall with many valuable historical records. The town was founded early in the 14th century, and the first general synod of Hungarian Protestants was held here. About 2 m. N. of the town are mineral springs salutary in nervous and other diseases. The water is excessively strong and cold even in summer, but never freezes, and it is extensively exported. It is drunk cold and used in hot baths.
Barth, a town of Germany, in the Prussian province of Pomerania, at the mouth of the river Barth, which forms its port, 14 m. W. of Stralsund; pop. in 1871, 5,774. In the 15th century it was a commercial town of considerable importance and the residence of several dukes of Pomerania. It still has a large coasting trade. From 1030 to 1815 it belonged to Sweden.
Barthelemi Imbert, a French poet, born in Nunes in 1747, died in Paris, Aug. 23, 1790. His poem entitled Jugement de Paris (1772) passed through many editions, and he also published fables, plays, and novels, the best of the latter being Les egarements de l'amour (1776). His (Euvres poetiques appeared in 2 vols., 1777; his (Euvres diverses in 1782; and his (Euvres choisies en vers in 4 vols., 1797.
Barthelemy D' Herbelot, a French orientalist, born in Paris in December, 1625, died there, Dec. 8, 1695. He acquired a knowledge of Hebrew, Arabic, Syriac, Persian, and Turkish, twice visited Italy to obtain instruction from the orientals who frequented Genoa, Leghorn, and Venice, and in the last years of his life he was professor of Syriac at the college de France. He left several inedited works, of which the Bibliotheque orientale, ou Diction-naive universel, contenant tout ce qui fait connaitre les peuples de l'Orient (fol.), was published in Paris two years after his death.