Leitomischl (Boh. Litomysl), a town of Bohemia, on the Laucna, 84 m. E. S. E. of Prague; pop. in 1870, 7,021. It has a palace with a library, picture gallery, and other attractions; a college of the Piarists, with one of the most beautiful churches of Bohemia; a gymnasium and other schools; about 100 distilleries of brandy, and manufactories of linen.
Leleges, an ancient people, who appear in the early traditions of the W. coast of Asia Minor, of the islands of the AEgean sea, and of various countries of Hellas and Peloponnesus, but whose history is involved in great obscurity. They are mentioned in Homer as the allies of the Trojans; Herodotus identifies them with the Carians; and Pausanias regards them as a part of the latter people. They seem to have been of Pelasgian race, and to have become connected with the Carians after an emigration from the continent of Greece to the islands, whence they followed them to Asia Minor.
Lemhi, an E. county of Idaho, separated on the E. from Montana by the Rocky mountains; area, 2,00 sq. m.; pop. in 1870, 988, of whom 120 were Chinese. It is drained by the E. fork of Salmon river and by Rock creek. In 1870 there were 1 quartz and 7 placer gold mines. Capital, Salmon City.
See Le Moyne.
Lemuel Hopkins, an American poet, born in Waterbury, Conn., June 19, 1750, died in Hartford, April 14, 1801. He practised medicine at Litchfield from 1776 to 1784, when he removed to Hartford. He was singular in his appearance, manners, and opinions; in his early days an admirer of the French philosophers, but in his later years a diligent student of the Bible. He is said to have written for Barlow the version of the 137th psalm beginning, " Along the banks where Babel's current flows." Among his poems, the best known are " The Hypocrite's Hope " and an elegy on " The Victim of a Cancer Quack."
Lemures, Or Larva, in Roman mythology, malignant spirits who were thought to haunt the earth by night and to possess great power for evil over the living. They were the spirits of bad men, and were held in much dread, while the lares or souls of the virtuous were supposed to exercise over mankind a kindly influence. According to some writers, however, the term lemures applied to all spectres of the dead, both lares and larvae. To propitiate the latter, the Romans annually celebrated a fes-tival in the month of May, called the lemuria or lemur alia.
Lena, a river of eastern Siberia, rising W. of Lake Baikal, near Irkutsk. Its direction is at first N". and then E. N. E. until it reaches Yakutsk, near lat, 62° N, Ion. 130° E., where it resumes a northerly course, and preserves it until it discharges its waters through numerous mouths into the Arctic ocean. Its length is about 2,500 m., and it flows wholly within the Russian dominions. The Vitim, Aldan, and Viliui are its most important tributaries. It discharges a vast volume of water, and at the distance of 800 m. from its mouth is 5 or 6 m. wide. It is navigable through the greater part of its course, but the surrounding country is bleak and desolate.