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PORTO NOVO

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Originally appearing in Volume V22, Page 124 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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PORTO NOVO, a town of British India, on the Coromandel coast in the South Arcot district of Madras. Pop. (19o1), 13,712. The English began trading here in 1683, when they found both the Danes and the Portuguese already established. The place is chiefly famous for the battle in July 1781, in which Sir Eyre Coote with 8000 men defeated Hyder Ali with 6o,000 and saved the Madras presidency. In 183o an attempt, finally unsuccessful mainly owing to the lack of fuel, was made to smelt iron from the or-as found in the vicinity. PORTO-RICHE, GEORGES DE (1849- ), French dramatist, was born at Bordeaux. When he was twenty his pieces in verse began to be produced at the Parisian theatres; he also wrote some books of verse which met with a favourable reception, but these early works were not reprinted. In 1898 he published Theatre d'amour, which contained four of his best pieces, La Chance de Francoise, L'Infidele, Amoureuse, Le Passe. The title given to this collection indicates the difference between the plays of Porto-Riche and the political or sociological pieces of many of his contemporaries. In Germaine, the passionate and exacting heroine of Amoureuse, Mme Rejane found one of her best parts. In Les Malefilatres (Odeon, 1904), also a drama of passion, the characters are drawn from the working classes.
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