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Forest Laws, drove many of the Saxons into rebellion, and some, like the famous Robin Hood (see C. P. P.), became outlaws. These laws, little by little, were removed; yet even at the present day, the law in England is very severe against hunting on land belonging to another person. Such hunting is called poaching, and the gamekeepers who have charge of the game on large estates are obliged to keep constantly on the watch for poachers, who are generally punished severely. In this country the owners of enclosed ground usually allow people to hunt there, but they have always the right to forbid it, as explained above.
HUNT THE RING. See Hunt The Slipper.
HUNT THE SLIPPER, a game played by any number of persons, with an ordinary slipper. The players sit on the floor in a circle, excepting one, who stands in the middle. Those in the circle pass the slipper quickly around the ring either behind their backs or beneath their bent knees, and the one in the middle tries to find out who has it at every moment. If he can call the name of the person in whose hands it is, that person must take his place. It is usual for the players to pretend to pass the slipper when it is not in their hands, and to try in many ways to mislead the one looking for it. Instead of a slipper a ring is often used, strung on a long cord, on which it is slid along from one player to another. If the players keep their hands moving along the cord, it is very difficult to tell where the ring is. In this form the game is called Hunt the Ring.
In France Hunt the Ring is called Le Furet (The Ferret), and the player within the circle is named the Hunter. During the game the players sing a song, beginning:
"II court, i] court, le Furet,
In English this is
M He runs, he runs, the Ferret,
HUTCHINSON FAMILY, a game, or trick, played by any number of persons. Those who know the game retire to an adjoining room and are supposed to personate the Hutchinson family, to whom the others are brought in one by one to be introduced. The "family," who all stand in a row, imitate, as exactly as possible, whatever the guest says or does, until he sits down, when he joins the family, and another person is brought in. Sometimes, when the guest understands the joke, he can turn it on the members of the "family," by doing something difficult to imitate.
HYDROCHLORIC ACID, Experiments with. Hydrochloric acid is a gas made up of hydrogen and chlorine (see C. C. T.). It is called also muriatic acid. It is sold in drug-stores in liquid form, the gas being dissolved in water. If this liquid be heated it will give off the gas again. The liquid may be held over an alcohol lamp, in a bottle or flask from which a delivery-tube leads to the bottom of a jar. The gas, being heavier than air, will stay in the jar till it is full. The gas may be made also by gently heating common salt and sulphuric acid in a flask. Pieces of rock salt the size of a pea should be used, for with ordinary pulverized salt the action is too quick, causing the mixture to froth. The gas is collected as before. It is transparent, so the only way to tell when the jar is full is to hold a strip of blue litmus paper near the top. (See Test Papers.)
Experiments. 1. The Fountain. This is made in the same way as the Ammonia fountain, except that the water must be colored with blue litmus, and