Lazistan', a coast strip at the south-east corner of the Black Sea, partly Turkish, partly Russian, inhabited by the rough Lazes.


Le, or Leh, the walled capital of Ladakh (q.v.), stands 3 miles from the bank of the Indus, 11,538 feet above the sea. Pop. 4000.


Lea, a stream of Hertfordshire, Middlesex, and Essex, rises near Houghton Regis, and flows 46 miles SE. and S. to the Thames near Black wall.


Leader, a Berwickshire stream, running 21 miles south-south-eastward to the Tweed at a point 2 miles E. by N. of Melrose.


Leadgate, a mining-town of Durham, 2 1/2 miles ESE. of Shotley Bridge. Pop. 4660.


Leadhills, a village of Lanarkshire, the highest in Scotland (1300 feet), on Glengonner Water, 45 miles SSW. of Edinburgh. Allan Ramsay and Symington were natives. Lead has been mined here for six hundred years, the output ranging between 700 and 1800 tons. Pop. 835.


Leadville, a mining-town of Colorado, capital of Lake county, stands in a valley 10,200 feet above the sea, 70 miles (151 by rail) SW. of Denver. Its mines produce gold, silver, and lead. The town, which was incorporated in 1878, contains smelting-furnaces and stamp-mills. Pop. 12,500.


Leam, a river flowing 25 miles to the Avon, near Warwick.


Leasowes. See Halesowen.


Leatherhead, a town of Surrey, on the Mole, 4 miles SSW. of Epsom. Pop. 4700.


Leavenworth, a city of Kansas, the capital of Leavenworth county, on the Missouri River, 25 miles NW. of Kansas City by rail. First settled in 1854, it is now a handsome town, of broad avenues, and contains a Soldiers' Home, the state normal school, and large factories and mills. Eight lines of railway centre here, and the river is crossed by a fine iron bridge. Adjoining the city is Fort Leavenworth (1827), an important depot for troops and supplies, with large barracks, etc. Pop. 21,000.


Lebedin, a town of Russia, 87 miles NW. of Kharkoff. Pop. 14,788.


Lebrija (anc. Nebrissa-Veneria), a town of Spain, 44 miles S. by W. of Seville. Pop. 11,879.


Lecce (Let'chay), a cathedral city of Italy, 7 miles from the Adriatic and 24 by rail SSE. of Brindisi. As Lycia (hence Lecce) it was the seat of a Norman countship. Pop. 32,051.


Lech, a right-hand tributary of the Danube, rises in the Alps in Vorarlberg, flows northward past Augsburg, and after a course of 177 miles joins the Danube a few miles east of Donauworth.


Lechlade (Letch'lade), a Gloucestershire town, on the Thames, 23 miles SW. of Oxford. Pop. 1166.


Ledbury, a pleasant, old-fashioned market-town of Herefordshire, 13 miles ESE. of Hereford. It has an interesting church, Romanesque to Perpendicular in style, St Catharine's Hospital (1232 ; rebuilt 1822), and a clock-tower (1890) to the memory of Mrs Browning, who passed her girlhood here. Pop. 3300.


Lee, a river flowing 50 miles eastward to Cork harbour.