Darton, a township in the West Riding of Yorkshire, 3 1/4 miles NW. of Barnsley. Pop. 7613.


Darvel, an Ayrshire police-burgh, with muslin manufacture, 9 miles E. of Kilmarnock. Pop. 3074.


Darwen, a municipal borough of Lancashire, on the river Darwen, 3 1/2 miles S. of Blackburn, and 9 N. of Bolton. Cotton is the staple manufacture; then come paper-making and paper-staining; and to these and other industries, with its water facilities, and the neighbouring coalmines and stone quarries, Darwen owes its rapid growth and its well-being. It was incorporated in 1878. Among the chief buildings are the free library, the market-hall, the co-operative hall, and the public baths erected in memory of Sir Robert Peel. Pop. (1851) 7020; (1901) 38,212. See Shaw's History of Darwen (1891).

Darwin Sound and Mount Darwin are on the SW. side of King Charles's South Land, Tierra del Fuego. The mountain rises 6800 feet.


Datchet, a village of Bucks, on the Thames, 2 miles B. of Windsor.


Datia (Datee'a), a native state of Bundelkhand (area, 837 sq. m.; pop. 186,440). The chief town, Datia, 125 miles SE. of Agra, has a pop. of 24,566.


Daudnagar (Dah-ood-nug'ur), a wretched-looking town in the Gaya district of Bengal, on the Soane, 90 miles SW. of Patna. Pop. 9870.


Daulatabad (Dowlatabad'), a decayed town in the Deccan, 28 miles NW. of Hyderabad. Its fortress, a walled and moated conical rock, 600 feet high, surrendered to the Mohammedans in 1294, and has long been ungarrisoned. Pop. 1243.


Dauphine, a former frontier province (capital, Grenoble) of south-west France, now forming the deps. Drome, Isere, and Hautes Alpes.


Dauria, a mountainous region of south-eastern Siberia, between Lake Baikal and the river Argun, on the Chinese frontier.

Davarr Island

Davarr Island. See Campbeltown.


Davenport, capital of Scott county, Iowa, on the Mississippi, opposite Rock Island (q.v.), 183 miles W. by S. of Chicago. It is the seat of Gris-wold College (1859), and manufactures flour, iron wares, woollen goods, etc. Pop. 36,872.


Daventry (pron. Daintry), an ancient municipal borough of Northamptonshire, at the sources of the Avon and Nene, 12 miles W. of Northampton, and 4 NW. of Weedon by a branch line opened in 1888. Charles I. spent six days here in 1645 before the battle of Naseby. Pop. 3739. Danes or Borough Hill, 1 mile E., is one of the largest Roman camps in the kingdom.

Davidsons Mains

Davidson's Mains, or Muttonhole, a Midlothian village, 3 1/2 miles WNW. of Edinburgh. Pop. 919.

Davis Strait washes the western coast of Greenland, and connects Baffin Bay with the Atlantic Ocean. At its narrowest point, immediately north of the Arctic circle, it measures about 200 miles across. The navigator John Davys sailed through it in 1587.


Davos', a small valley lying amongst the Alps of the Eastern Grisons, 16 miles SE. of Coire, and 31 SSE. of Landquart by rail. It has become famous as a health-resort in winter, especially for such as suffer from chest disease, the air being still and dry, with much bright, warm sunshine throughout the winter. Till lately mere out-of-the-way hamlets, the villages of Davos-Platz (5105 feet above sea-level) and Davos-Dorfli have hotels, villas and chalets, doctors, and daily posts. Skating and tobogganing are pastimes. See English works on the place by Wise (1881), Muddock (1884), and J. A. Symonds (1892).