Lac Qui Parle, a S. W. county of Minnesota, bordering on Dakota; area, 1,450 sq. m.; pop. in 1870, 145. It is bounded N. E. by the Minnesota river, which here receives the Lac Qui Parle river. The surface consists of rolling prairies.
Lace-Bark Tree (lagetta lintearia), a tree 25 to 30 ft. high, which is found in the island of Jamaica in the most inaccessible rocky places. It belongs to the family thymelacece, which includes the daphnes, our leatherwood or wicopy (dirca) and other plants noted for the great tenacity and sometimes poisonous quality of their inner bark. In lagetta (from the insular name lagetto) the inner bark consists of numerous layers, composed of fibres which interlace in all directions, so that when it is stretched transversely a layer of it has much the appearance of lace. Persons who visit Jamaica nearly always bring away a piece of this vegetable lace as one of the curious products of the island; and it is said to be still in use there for articles of apparel. In the days of slavery in the island the lace-bark furnished thongs for the taskmaster's whips. •
See Laconia, and Sparta.
See Italy, Wines of.
See Lake Dwellings.
Laeken, a village of Belgium, a suburb of Brussels, with a royal palace built in 1782 by the Austrian princess Maria Christina. After the invasion of the French in 1792 it was to be converted into a hospital; but the archduke Charles acquired the property from his aunt, and sold it about 1794 to a surgeon. Napoleon bought it in 1806 for 500,000 francs, for Josephine, and in 1811 he resided here for some time with Maria Louisa. In 1812 he exchanged it for the Elysee Bourbon. Subsequently it became the property of Belgium, and the royal family reside here occasionally. Malibran is buried in the cemetery of Laeken, where her husband De Beriot had a monument erected to her by the sculptor Geefs. In the parish church are the tombs of Queen Louise and King Leopold I., and an extensive Gothic building is in course of erection as a vault for the royal family. The allee verte extends nearly all the way from Laeken to Brussels.
Lafaye, Or Lafaist, Prosper, a French painter, born at Mont Saint-Sulpice, Yonne, in 1806. He was at first a landscape and subsequently a historical painter. Many of his works are at Versailles, including "The Masked Ball," one of his best. At the exhibition of 1855 he showed two paintings illustrating the maxims of La Bruyere. For more than 20 years he has been almost exclusively occupied in the decoration of windows. - His brother, Pierre Benjamin (1808-'67), published Synonymes francais (1841), for which he received a prize, and Dictionnaire des synonymes de la langue francaise (1858; supplement, 1865).