Waal

Waal (Waul). See Rhine.

Wabash

Wabash (Waw'bash), capital of Wabash county, Indiana, on the Wabash River, 89 miles by rail NNE. of Indianapolis. Pop. 8620. - The Wabash River rises in western Ohio, and flows 550 miles to the Ohio River. The Wabash and Erie Canal, which passes the town, is the longest (476 miles) in the States.

Waco

Waco (Way'ko), 'the geyser city' of Texas, capital of McLennan county, on the Brazos River, crossed by a suspension bridge, 186 miles NW. of Houston. It has Baylor University, sixteen artesian wells (104° F.), and manufactures of woollens, mattresses, and saddlery. Pop. 20,686.

Wadai

Wadai (Wah-di), a state of the central Soudan (q.v.), in the French sphere between Bagirmi and Dar-Fur. Pop. l 1/2 million; capital, Abesher.

Wadebridge

Wadebridge, a small Cornish seaport, on the Camel, 7 miles NW. of Bodmin. - Pop. 2186.

Wadelai

Wadelai (Wah-de-li), a British post on the Upper Nile, 40 miles below its exit from the Albert Nyanza. - Old Wadelai, on the west bank, a Belgian-Congo station.

Wady

Wady (Wah'dee), an Arabic word signifying a river, a river-course, a ravine, or valley. - Wady Halfa is a place (pop. 3500) on the Nile's right bank, just below the second or great cataract. After the Soudanese rebellion this was taken as Egypt's southward limit. - Wady Musa is the modern name of Petra.

Wagga Wagga

Wagga Wagga, a pastoral and agricultural town of New South Wales, 309 miles SW. of Sydney by rail, with a great railway bridge over the Murruinbidgee River. Pop. 5100.

Wagram

Wagram (Vah'gram), a village 10 miles NE. of Vienna, where, on 5-6th July 1809, the Austrians were defeated by Napoleon.

Wahsatcb.' Mountains. See Utah.

Waigatz

Waigatz (Vi'gats). See Nova Zembla.

Waikato

Waikato (Wi-kah'to), the principal river of the North Island of New Zealand, flows first into Lake Taupo, and then out of it northward to Port Waikato, 25 miles S. of Manakau Harbour, with a total course of 170 miles.

Wainad

Wainad. See Wynaad.

Wainfleet

Wainfleet, a Lincolnshire town, on the Steeping, 19 miles NE. of Boston. Pop. 1246.

Waitomo Caves

Waitomo Caves, New Zealand, on the Waitomo River, running to the Waikato (q.v.).

Waitzen

Waitzen (Vite'zen; Magyar Vacz), a town on the Danube, 20 miles N. of Pesth. Pop. 16,800.

Wakamatsu

Wakamatsu, a town of the main island of Japan, 55 miles SE. of Niigata, with manufactures of lacquer-ware. Pop. 31,500.

Wakayama

Wakayama, a town of the main island of Japan, 35 miles SW. of Osaka, with important cotton trade. Pop. 70,700.

Wakhan

Wakhan. See Badakhshan, Afghanistan.

Wakkerstroom

Wakkerstroom, capital of a district in the north of Natal, 150 miles N. of Pietermaritzburg, mostly transferred from the Transvaal in 1902. Pop. 3000.

Walcheren

Walcheren (Wahl'hher-en', usu. Waul'sher-en), a Dutch island at the Scheldt's mouth, with 50,000 inhabitants. The disastrous British Walcheren Expedition was undertaken in 1809.