Davidson College

Davidson College, a post village of Mecklenburg co., N. 0., and the seat of Davidson college, an institution founded in 1837 by the Presbyterians. In 1872 it had 7 instructors, 105 students, and a library of 6,000 volumes.


Davie, a W. central county of North Carolina; area, about 250 sq. m.; pop. in 1870, 9,620, of whom 3,093 were colored. It has a rough, hilly surface. Yadkin river and Hunting creek are the principal streams. The chief productions in 1870 were 47,866 bushels of wheat, 186,821 of Indian corn, 59,721 of oats, and 247,555 lbs. of tobacco. The value of live stock was $135,922. Capital, Mocksville.

Davis Strait

Davis Strait, an arm of the North Atlantic ocean, communicating with Baffin bay, and separating Greenland on the east from Cumberland island on the west. It stretches north from Cape Farewell, about lat. 60° N., to Disco island, near lat. 70° N. Its narrowest part, where it is cut by the arctic circle, is 220 m. wide; its greatest breadth is about 700 m. Its coasts are high, rocky, and broken by numerous bays and inlets, the largest of which are Northumberland inlet and Hudson strait; they are almost barren, and scantily peopled by Esquimaux. Notwithstanding its dangerous currents and vast icebergs, it is a favorite resort for whalers and sealers.

Davis Wasgatt Clark

Davis Wasgatt Clark, I). D., an American clergyman and author, born on the island of Mount Desert, Me., Feb. 25, 1812, died in Cincinnati, May 23, 1871. He graduated at the Wesley an university in 1836, for seven years was president of Amenia seminary, and for nine years afterward filled important situations in the Methodist church. In 1852 he became editor of the "Ladies' Repository" and of the books issued by the western book concern, Cincinnati, and in 1864 was elected bishop. Besides preaching continually, he was a frequent contributor to the " Methodist Quarterly Review," and edited 27 volumes published by the book concern. He also published an algebra (1843), "Treatise on Mental Discipline " (1848), "Fireside Readings" (5 vols., 1854), "Life and Times of Bishop Hedding" (1854), "Man Immortal" (1864), and "Sermons" (1868).


Davos, a valley of Switzerland, in the canton of Orisons, situated in the Rhsetian Alps, and stretching about 20 m. N. E. and S. W. between wooded mountains, from the small lake of Davos to the valley of the Albula; pop. in 1870, 1,726. The chief place is Davos am Platz, which in the loth century was the capital of the confederation of the ten courts, and has of late become famous as a watering place for those afflicted with diseases of the chest.


Dax, a town of S. W. France, in the department of Landes, on the left bank of the Adour, 25 m. N. E. of Bayonne; pop. in 1866, 9,469. It is a principal station on the railway from Bordeaux to Bayonne. It is of ancient origin, with ditches and ramparts of Roman construction. The most remarkable building is the cathedral, built under Louis XIV. It has manufactories of liqueurs and delft, and some trade is carried on in grain, wine, timber, vegetables, wax, and honey; and it is a considerable entrepot of goods exported from France to Spain. Its chief attraction now is its hot mineral springs, whose temperature varies from 86° to 166° F. From these it was called by the Romans Aquae Tarbellicre, afterward by the French Ville d'Acqs, and then simply Dax.