Bearhaven. See Castletown Bearhaven.

Bear Island

Bear Island, County Cork, in Bantry Bay, measures 6 1/2 by 1 1/2 miles.

Bear Lake

Bear Lake, Great, in the north-west of Canada, in 65°-67° N. lat., and 117°-123° W. long. Lying 246 feet above sea-level, Great Bear Lake is irregular in shape, with an area of 7012 sq. m., or not much smaller than Wales. It sends forth a river of its own name to the Mackenzie.


Beam, one of the thirty-two old French provinces now forming the greatest portion of the dep. of Basses-Pyrenees. The inhabitants are chiefly Gascons with a strong Basque infusion, and they speak the purest Gascon dialect. Beam virtually became a part of France on Henry IV.'s accession (1593), but was only formally incorporated with it in 1620.

Bear River

Bear River, a stream of Utah, U.S., which rises in the Rocky Mountains, flows NW. into Idaho, then bends round and again returns into Utah, falling into Great Salt Lake.


Beas, one of the ' Five Rivers' of the Punjab, rises in the Snowy Mountains of Kulu, at 13,320 feet above sea-level, and flows 290 miles SW. to the Sutlej, 30 miles above Ferozpur.


Beatrice, capital of Gage county, Nebraska, on the Big Blue River, 40 miles by rail S. of Lincoln, with limestone quarries, cement works, flour and lumber mills, etc. Pop. (1880) 2447; (1900) 7875.


Beattock, the junction for Moffat (q.v.).


Beaucaire (Bo-kayr'), a town in the French dep. of Gard, on the Rhone, opposite Tarascon, 14 m. SSW. of Avignon. Vessels enter its harbour by a canal from the Mediterranean. A July fair, once attended by 300,000 strangers, still does a brisk trade in silks, wines, oil, etc. Pop. 8906.


Beauce (Boass), a fertile district of France, partly in the deps. of Loir-et-Cher and Eure-et-Loire, of which the capital is Chartres. - Also a SE. county of Quebec province, Canada.


Beaufort (Bo-forr'), an Angevin town of 4317 inhabitants, in the French dep. of Maine-et-Loire, 19 miles E. of Angers. Its ancient castle came into the hands of the Lancaster family at the end of the 14th century, and gave name to the natural sons of John of Gaunt.


Beaufort (Bo'fort), a port, N. Carolina, U.S., at the mouth of Newport River. Pop. 2500. - Also a port and watering-place of S. Carolina, on Port Royal Island, and terminus of Port Royal Railroad, 14 miles from the ocean. Pop. 5000.


Beaufort, West, a town of Cape Colony, near the foot of the Nieuwveld Mountains, 338 miles NW. of Capetown by rail. Pop. 2600.


Beaugency (Bo-zhong-see'), a town in the French dep. of Loiret, on the Loire, 16 miles SW. of Orleans by rail. Here the Germans defeated the French, December 7-10, 1870. Pop. 3775.


Beaujolais (Bo-zlw-lay'), a subdivision of the old French province of Lyonnais, now forming the northern part of the dep. of Rhone, and a small part of Loire.