Powell, an E. county of Kentucky, intersected by Red river, a tributary of the Kentucky; area, about 300 sq. m.; pop. in 1870, 2,599, of whom 239 were colored. The surface is hilly and the soil productive. The chief productions in 1870 were 2,105 bushels of wheat, 88,022 of Indian corn, 5,080. of oats, 30,237 lbs. of butter, and 252 tons of hay. There were 458 horses, 1,475 cattle, 1,851 sheep, and 2,549 swine. Capital, Stanton.


Poweshiek, a S. E. county of Iowa, drained by the north fork of Skunk river, which crosses the S. W. corner, and by English river and other streams; area, 576 sq. m.; pop. in 1870, 15,581. It has a fertile soil. The Chicago, Rock Island, and Pacific, and the Central Iowa railroads pass through it. The chief productions in 1870 were 709,726 bushels of wheat, 1,435,557 of Indian corn, 189,362 of oats, 78,987 of potatoes, 286,630 lbs. of butter, 28,127 of wool, and 22,783 tons of hay. There were 7,064 horses, 5,223 milch cows, 9,710 other cattle, 8,395 sheep, and 25,102 swine; 7 manufactories of carriages and wagons, 4 of saddlery, and 3 flour mills. Capital, Montezuma.


Powhatan, an E. county of Virginia, bordered N. by the James river and S. by the Appomattox; area, about 300 sq. m.; pop. in 1870, 7,667, of whom 5,115 were colored. It has a level surface and a naturally fertile soil. The Richmond, Danville, and Piedmont railroad passes the S. E. border. The chief productions in 1870 were 70,804 bushels of wheat, 74,896 of Indian corn, 72,046 of oats, 541,430 lbs. of tobacco, and 5,541 of wool. There were 628 horses, 447 mules and asses, 982 milch cows, 1,405 other cattle, 2,070 sheep, and 3,554 swine. Capital, Powhatan Court House.

Pozzo Dl Borgo

See Pozzo di Borgo.


Praga, a suburb of Warsaw, Poland, on the opposite bank of the Vistula. Here in 1656 the Poles were defeated by Charles Gustavus of Sweden. In the insurrection of 1794, Kos-ciuszko having been defeated and made prisoner in the battle of Maciejowice, the dispirited and disorganized remnants of the Polish army defended the ramparts of Praga against the victorious Russian forces under Suvaroff. On Nov. 3 the Russian general ordered an assault, and after a fierce struggle at dawn on the 4th the ramparts were carried, more than 15,000 Polish soldiers being slain, drowned in the Vistula, or taken prisoners, and an almost equal number of unarmed inhabitants of Praga, of every age and sex, brutally massacred. In the evening a fire arose, which destroyed a large part of the place. The vicinity of Praga was the principal seat of the Polish war in 1831.

Prairie Hen

See Grouse, vol. viii., p. 271.

Prairie Wolf

See Wolf.

Praise God Barebone

Praise God Barebone, an English fanatic in the time of Cromwell. He was a leather dealer in London, and a conspicuous member of the short parliament called together by Cromwell in 1653, which was on that account nicknamed Barebone's parliament. When Gen. Monk came to London, Barebone marched at the head of a large procession of the people and presented to parliament a remonstrance against the restoration of the king. In 1661 he was arrested and thrown into the Tower on a charge of being concerned in a plot against the government. He was afterward released, but his further history is unknown. It is said that two of his brothers assumed the names respectively of "Christ came into the "World to save Bare-bone," and. "If Christ had not Died Thou hadst been Damned Barebone."