Etechemins, a tribe of Indians occupying the eastern part of the state of Maine, now represented by the Penobscots and Passama-quoddies. They lived chiefly in early times on the St. Croix, and were between the Abena-quis proper and the Micmacs, though in later times they were generally treated as part of the Abenaqui nation. They now number about 1,000, half of them Penobscots on islands in the river of that name, and the remainder Passama-quoddies on the western shore of the bay of that name and on the Schoodic lakes. They are Roman Catholics, and have churches and schools, and a fund arising from land sold to the state; but they are declining from intestine divisions, and from the intermarriage of near kindred, the laws of Maine not permitting an Indian to marry a white.
Eteocles And Polynices, mythical kings of Grecian Thebes, sons of OEdipus and Jocaste. After the flight of their father, the brothers agreed to govern the kingdom alternately; but Eteocles refusing on the expiration of his term to surrender the sceptre, Polynices retired to the court of Adrastus, king of Argos, who gave him one of his daughters in marriage, and undertook to sustain him in the enforcement of his rights. They organized that confederacy of Peloponnesian chiefs whom AEschylus has immortalized, and whose expedition, undertaken to restore Polynices, is known as that of "the seven against Thebes." In the sieges which followed the success of the belligerents was various, and many warriors were slain, when the brothers, to prevent further effusion of blood, resolved to decide the contest by single combat, in which both perished. (See Antigone.)
Ethelbald, king of Wessex, son of Ethel-wulf, king of the Anglo-Saxons, obtained the throne of Wessex, about 856, and died in 860. While Ethelwulf was making a journey to Rome, on his way back from which he married Judith, the young daughter of the French monarch, Ethelbald formed the project of seizing the throne. A civil war was prevented only by the moderation of Ethelwulf, who resigned to his son the dominion of Wessex, and confirmed that portion of the kingdom to him in his will. The reign of Ethelbald was peaceful, but he excited general disapprobation by marrying, contrary to the canonical law, his stepmother Judith. Ecclesiastical and popular displeasure forced him to a separation, and Judith returning to France eloped from a convent with Baldwin, called Bras de Fer, afterward count of Flanders. From this union descended Matilda, wife of William the Conqueror, and through her of the race of English sovereigns.
Etherege, Or Etheridge, Sir George, an English comic author, born about 1636, died about 1690. He studied at the university of Cambridge, travelled on the continent, abandoned law for literature, and became known as one of the wits and libertines of the reign of Charles II. His comedies entitled "The Comical Revenge, or Love in a Tub," "She Would if She Could," and "The Man of Mode, or Sir Fopling Flutter," are marked by a spright-lier and wittier dialogue than had before been displayed in the English comic drama. The author was an associate of Buckingham, Rochester, and other gay courtiers and pleasure-seekers of the time, and he introduced upon the stage the manners and characters with which he was familiar. He also wrote a few coarse songs and lampoons. He lived licentiously, wasted his fortune, and died by falling down stairs after a debauch.