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Kiangsi, a S. E. province of China, border-dering on Hupeh, Nganhwui, Chihkiang, Fo-kien, Kwangtung, and Hunan; area, 72,176 sq. m.; pop. about 23,000,000. It is watered chiefly by the Kan-kiang, which flows into Lake Poyang, and its numerous affluents. East of the lake are large coal mines. Green tea is produced chiefly in the E. and black in the W. part of the province. The other products include cereals, rice, cotton, sugar, indigo, and silk. Excellent porcelain and nankeen cloth, besides other articles, are manufactured. A large portion of Kiangsi was flooded in 1870-'71 by the Yangtse, more than 300,000 persons taking refuge on the high ground near Kew-kiang. This created poverty and disturbances, resulting in movements against missionaries and foreigners generally. Capital, Nanchang.
Kiangsu, a province of China, on the N. E. coast, bordering on Shantung, Honan, Ngan-hwui,. Chihkiang, and the Yellow sea; area, 44,500 sq. m.; pop. about 38,000,000. It is generally level, and abounds in marshes, but is one of the most fertile regions of China, owing to its many lakes, rivers, and canals. The principal lake is the Hungtsih, about 200 m. in circumference, which is connected with the Hoang-ho. It exports more rice than any other Chinese province, and cereals, cotton, tea, and silk are produced. Fisheries thrive on Lake Taihu and other waters. The people are among the most intelligent in China, and the province contains many fine towns. Capital, Nanking.
Kidder, a N. county of Dakota, recently formed, and not included in the census of 1870; area, about 1,700 sq. m. It is occupied by the "Plateau du Coteau du Missouri," and contains several alkaline lakes. The Northern Pacific railroad crosses it.
Kidderminster, a municipal and parliamentary borough of Worcestershire, England, situated on the Stour, 13 m. N. of Worcester; pop. of the municipal borough in 1871, 19,463; of the parliamentary borough, 31,747. The streets are irregularly built and the houses are generally small. The most important manufacture is of carpets, for which Kidderminster has long been famous; but worsted and other woollen goods, damask silks, leather, etc, are made. The Stafford and Worcester canal, and the Oxford, Worcester, and Wolverhampton railway, pass through the town. The manor of Kidderminster was once the property of the poet Waller. Here for many years Richard Baxter officiated as pastor.
Kidnapping, the stealing and carrying away or secreting of any person. It is regarded by the law as an aggravated species of false imprisonment, and includes the legal elements of that offence. At the common law kidnapping is a misdemeanor, and punishable by fine and imprisonment. The same punishment is adopted by the state statutes in this country.
I. A government of European Russia, in the kingdom of Poland, bordering on the governments of Piotrkow and Radom, and on Austrian Galicia; area, 3,623 sq. m.; pop. in 1867, 470,300. It is slightly mountainous in the north, where it is traversed by offshoots of the Lysa Gora, and hilly in the east and south. It has mines of iron and other metals, and produces rye, wheat, and fruits. It is watered by the Vistula, which separates it from Galicia, by its affluent the Nida, and by the Pilica, which partly separates it from Piotrkow. II. A city, capital of the government, 96 m. S. W. of Warsaw; pop. in 1867, 7,295. It is the seat of a Catholic bishop, has several churches, a monastery, an episcopal seminary, a gymnasium, a mining school, and in its environs iron, copper, lead, and coal mines.