Oswald Ottendorfer

Oswald Ottendorfer, a German-American journalist, born at Zwittau, Moravia, Feb. 26, 1826. He studied jurisprudence in Prague and Vienna, and settled in New York in 1850, when he became connected with the New Yorker Staats-Zeitung. After the death in that year of Mr. Jakob Uhl, proprietor of the journal (whose widow Mr. Ottendorfer married in 1859), he became its manager and subsequently its editor, and conducted it in the interest of the democratic party. As president of the German reform association, he opposed the " Tammany democrats " in 1871, and the Staats-Zeitung has since been independent in politics. In 1872 he was elected alderman, and in November, 1874, he was defeated as an independent candidate for mayor.


See Society Islands.


Otfried, a German poet of the 9th century. He was a pupil of Rabanus Maurus, and became a Benedictine in the convent of Weis-senburg. He wrote Iter Krist, one of the earliest metrical translations of the Gospel. The best editions are by Graff (1831) and Kelle (1856). It has been translated into modern German by Rapp (1858) and Kelle (1870). See also Otfried's Evangelieribuch unci die übrige althochcleutsche Poe'sie Karolingischer Zeit, by Rechenberg (1862).


Otoe, a S. E. county of Nebraska, separated from Iowa and Missouri by the Missouri river, and watered by the Little Nemaha and other stream's; area, about 700 sq. m.; pop. in 1870, 12,345. The Midland Pacific railroad traverses it. The E. part is mostly prairie, the W. part is timbered, and the soil js fertile. There are salt springs in the N. W. part. The chief productions in 1870 were 175.058 bushels of wheat, 632,160 of Indian corn, 109,063 of oats, 129,832 of barley, 97,062 of potatoes, 5,180 lbs. of wool, 60,180 of. butter, and 14,248 tons of hay. There were 2,935 horses, 2,608 milch cows, 4,202 other cattle, 1,333 sheep, and 5,956 swine; 1 manufactory of boots and shoes, 3 of jewelry, 2 of saddlery and harness, 5 of tin, copper, and sheet-iron ware, 2 breweries, and 3 flour mills. Capital, Nebraska City.


Otranto (anc. Hydruntum), a seaport of Italy, on a strait of the same name, connecting the Adriatic with the Ionian sea opposite Cap. Linguetta in Albania, in the province and 23 m. S. E. of the city of Lecce; pop. about 2.000. It is connected with the East by two lines of telegraph, one to Avlona, the other to Corfu. It is the seat of an archbishop, and contains a cathedral and some Roman remains. It was taken by the Turks in 1480, and seems to have never recovered from the check then given to its prosperity. (For Terra d'Otranto, see Lecce).

Otter Tail

Otter Tail, a W. central county of Minnesota, drained by Leaf river, a tributary of the Mississippi, and by the Red river, which here forms numerous lakes, the largest being Otter Tail lake and Rush lake; area, 2,016 sq. m.; pop. in 1870, 1,968. The surface consists chiefly of rolling prairies. The Northern Pacific railroad crosses the S. part. The productions in 1870 were 8,406 bushels of wheat, 6,701 of rye, 8,784 of potatoes, 14,525 lbs. of wool, and 4,262 tons of hay. The value of live stock was $54,853. Capital, Otter Tail City.