See Drama.


See Peech.

Comfrey (Symphytum Officinale)

Comfrey (Symphytum Officinale), a plant of the order borraginacece, a native of Europe, but raised in our gardens. It was formerly imagined to promote the healing of wounds, or even of broken bones, a superstition of which traces have remained until the present time. Its virtues are simply those of a demulcent.

Comfrey (Symphytum officinale).

Comfrey (Symphytum officinale).

Comitajv, Or Comitlan

Comitajv, Or Comitlan, a town in the state of Chiapas, Mexico, on the river Grijalva, an affluent of the Tabasco, about 40 m. S. E. of San Cristobal.; pop. 10,000. It is well built, and has a fine church and a large Dominican convent, and some trade in cochineal, sugar, and cotton. Its inhabitants are generally in prosperous circumstances, living on the incomes of their haciendas in the neighborhood, which they cultivate by the labor of Indians.

Commission Merchant

See Factor.


Commodore (It. commendatore, a commander), a naval officer who usually commands a squadron of ships upon particular service, his own ship being distinguished by a broad pennant worn at the main. In the navy of the United States, by an act of congress of July 16, 1862, a commodore ranks between a rear admiral and a captain; the grade corresponds with that of a brigadier general in the army. Previous to that act commodore was only a title of courtesy in the American navy, captain having been the highest actual rank till 1857, when a law of congress created the title of flag officer for the commander of a squadron.

Commonly Called Princess Charlotte Charlotte Aigista

Commonly Called Princess Charlotte Charlotte Aigista, daughter of Queen Caroline and George IV., born at Carlton house, Jan. 7, 1796, died at Claremont, Nov. 6, 1817. At an early age she was placed under the care of the bishop of Exeter and Lady Clifford, and became one of the most accomplished princesses of her day. The prince of Orange was proposed to her as husband, but she bestowed her affections upon Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg, who in 1831 became king of Belgium. She married him May 2, 1816, and they took up their residence at Claremont, where she died after having been de-livered of a stillborn child. Her death caused universal grief in England. It was said that by proper treatment the life of the mother at least might have been saved; and the physician who had attended her committed suicide in despair. Some of her letters, published in the "Quarterly Review," 1873, give a touching account of her unfortunate domestic life previous to her marriage.


See Socialism.


Comnems, a Byzantine family, of Italian origin, the members of which played a prominent part in the history of the Eastern empire from the middle of the 11th to the middle of the 15th century. To this family belonged six emperors of the East (from 1057 to 1185), viz.: Isaac I., Alexis I., John II., Manuel I., Alexis II., and Andronicus I. In 1204 one of its members conquered Trebizond and a portion of Asia Minor, and founded the empire of Trebizond, which continued in the hands of his descendants till 1461, when it was conquered by the Turks, David Comnenus, the last of the race, being put to death in the following year with all his family by command of Mohammed II. Other members of this family were noted as statesmen, generals, and authors. Attempts have been made to trace the descent of the Bonapartes from a Comnenus who settled in Corsica, but the pedigree has not been satisfactorily made out.