Luther Rice

Luther Rice, an American clergyman, born in Northborough, Mass., March 25, 1783, died in Edgefield district, S. C., Sept. 25, 1836. He graduated at Williams college in 1810, and after studying at Andover theological seminary sailed in 1812 for India as a missionary under the American board. On the voyage Mr. Rice, like his friend the Rev. Adoniram Judson, changed his views, accepting those of the Baptists. He consequently returned, and spent several years in organizing missionary societies and raising funds among that body. He also projected the establishment of the Columbian college at Washington, D. C, and was for many years its financial manager.

Luther Stearns Cushing

Luther Stearns Cushing, an American lawyer, born in Lunenburg, Mass., June 22, 1803, died in Boston, June 22, 1856. He became clerk of the Massachusetts house of representatives in 1832, judge of the court of common pleas in 1844, and after four years on the bench became reporter to the supreme court. In the last capacity he published eight volumes of reports. He was a leading editor for some years of the "Jurist and Law Magazine," and published "Rules of Proceedings and Debates in Deliberative Assemblies" (12mo, 1854), which is the standard text book on the subject in congress and the state legislatures generally, "Introduction to the Study of Roman Law " (12mo, 1854), and "Law and Practice of Legislative Assemblies in the United States" (8vo, 1855).


Luton, a town of Bedfordshire, England, on the Lea, 26 m. N. W. of London; pop. in 1871, 17,317. It has a fine Gothic church, a national school, a union workhouse, and manufactories of straw hats. Luton Hoo Park, formerly the seat#of the marquis of Bute, is in the vicinity.


Lutzen, a town of Prussian Saxony, 10 m. S. W. of Leipsic; pop. in 1871, 2,649. It is noted in history as the scene of the battle fought Nov. 6 (new style 16), 1632, between Gustavus Adolphus and Wallenstein, in which the Swedish king lost his life, his army being victorious; and of another (May 2, 1813) between Napoleon and the allied Russians and Prussians, in which the allies after a temporary success were defeated, losing 10,000 men, but no standards, while the French lost 12,000 men.


See Paradoxurus.


See Thebes.


See Lucerne.


Lycaon, a mythical king of Arcadia, generally represented as a son of Pelasgus by Meli-boea, daughter of Oceanus, and described by some as* the first civilizer of his country, by others as a barbarian who defied the gods, He became by several wives the father of a great number of sons, who were so notorious for arrogance and impiety that Jupiter resolved to punish them. Appearing to them at their dwelling in Arcadia disguised as a poor man, they invited him to a repast, at which was served up the flesh of a boy whom they had murdered. The god rejected the horrible food, and transformed Lycaon and all his sons save one into wolves, or according to some destroyed them by a flash of lightning. The flood of Deucalion was said to have been a consequence of the crimes of the Lycaonidae.