Leamington, Or Leamington-Priors

Leamington, Or Leamington-Priors, a town and watering place of Warwickshire, England, on the river Learn, 20 m. S. E. of Birmingham; pop. in 1871, 22,730. It is one of the handsomest towns in England, and has a college, a Latin school, an institution for the blind, a museum, a music hall, and a theatre. Its only manufacture is that of gloves. Its prosperity and importance have mostly arisen from its mineral springs, which were discovered in 1797, and are of three kinds, sulphurous, saline, and chalybeate. The surrounding country is picturesque and beautiful, and the castles of Warwick and Kenilworth, as well as Stratford-upon-Avon, are not far distant.

Leander

See Hero.

Leap Year

See Calendar.

Learchus

Learchu's, a Greek sculptor of Rhegium, in southern Italy, who flourished probably between 700 and 650 B. C. He belongs to the semi-mythical Daedalian period, and the accounts of him are vague and confused. Pau-sanias mentions a statue of Jupiter attributed to him in the brazen house at Sparta, which was considered the most ancient work of the kind. It was made of hammered pieces of brass riveted together.

Lebanon Springs

See New Lebanon.

Lecompton

Lecompton, a township of Douglas co., Kansas, on the S. bank of the Kansas river, 10 m. N. W. of Lawrence; pop. in 1870, 971. It is the seat of Lane university, under the control of the United Brethren, which was established in 1865, and in 1873 had 2 professors and 81 students. Lecompton was the territorial capital, and was prominent in the disturbances between the friends and opponents of slavery prior to the admission of the state. (See Kansas.)

Lectoure

Lectoure, a town of France, in the department of Gers, on the river Gers, 46 m. N. W. of Toulouse; pop. in 1866, 6,086. It has a college and a hospital. It is the birthplace of Marshal Lannes, to whom a monument has been erected here. In ancient Gaul it was the capital of the tribe of the Lectorates. It became at an early time the seat of a bishopric, which was abolished in 1801.

Leda

Leda, in Greek mythology, the daughter of King Thestius or Glaucus. She was wife of Tyndareus, by whom she was at first mother of Timandra and Philonoe. Her great beauty attracted the love of Jupiter, and she gave birth at the same time to Castor and Clytemnestra, who were of mortal nature, being begotten by Tyndareus, and to Pollux and Helen, who were children of Jupiter and immortal. According to the most common legend, Jupiter surprised her under the form of a swan, and she brought forth two eggs, from one of which issued Helen, and from the other Castor and Pollux. There are still other versions concerning her connection with Jupiter, and there are several of her subsequent history. One account states that she was after death deified as Nemesis, while another declares that Nemesis was the mother and Leda only the nurse or guardian of the eggs. Mythologists have conjectured an identity between Leda and Leto or Latona.