H to Hagring
H.B. (Mr. Doyle, father of Mr. Richard Doyle, connected with Punch). This political caricaturist died 1868.
H.M.S. His or Her Majesty's service or ship, as H.M.S. Wellington.
H.U. Hard up.
Habeas Corpus The "Habeas Corpus Act" was passed in the reign of Charles II., and defined a provision
of similar character in Magna Charta, to which also it added certain details. The Act provides (1) That
any man taken to prison can insist that the person who charges him with crime shall bring him bodily
before a judge, and state the why and wherefore of his detention. As soon as this is done, the judge is
to decide whether or not the accused is to be admitted to bail. [No one, therefore, can be imprisoned
on mere suspicion, and no one can be left in prison any indefinite time at the caprice of the powers
that be. Imprisonment, in fact, must be either for punishment after conviction, or for safe custody till
the time of trial.]
Haberdasher from hapertas, a cloth the width of which was settled by Magna Charta. A "hapertas-
er" is the seller of hapertas-erie.
"To match this saint there was another,
Habit is Second Nature The wise saw of Diogenes, the cynic. (B.C. 412-323.)
Habsburg is a contraction of Habichts - burg (Hawk's Tower); so called from the castle on the right bank of the Aar, built in the eleventh century by Werner, Bishop of Strasburg, whose nephew (Werner II.) was the first to assume the title of "Count of Habsburg." His great-grandson, Albrecht II., assumed the title of "Landgraf of Sundgau." His grandson, Albrecht IV., in the thirteenth century, laid the foundation of the greatness of the House of Habsburg, of which the imperial family of Austria are the representatives.
Hackell's Coit A vast stone near Stantin Drew, in Somersetshire; so called from a tradition that it was a coit thrown by Sir John Hautville. In Wiltshire three huge stones near Kennet are called the Devil's coits.
Hackney Horses Not thoroughbred, but nearly so. They make the best roadsters, hunters and carriage
horses; their action is showy, and their pace good. A first-class roadster will trot a mile in 2 minutes.
Some American trotters will even exceed this record. The best hackneys are produced from thoroughbred
sires mated with halfbred mares. (French, haguenée; the Romance word haque the Latin equus; Spanish,
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