Humphry Repton

Humphry Repton, an English landscape gardener, born in Bury St. Edmund's, May 2, 1752, died in Essex, March 24, 1818. Having failed in mercantile business, he adopted the profession of landscape gardening, and was henceforth uninterruptedly prosperous. At the period of his death there was scarcely a county in England which did not have some "places" adorned by his skill. His works on landscape gardening, with an account of the author's life, were reprinted by J. C. Loudon (8vo, 1840).


Humuya, a river of Honduras, rising at the S. extremity of the plain of Comayagua, and flowing due N. for a distance of about 100 m. to a point N. of the town of Yojoa, where it unites with the rivers Blanco and Santiago or Venta, forming the great river Ulua, which falls into the bay of Honduras, about 25 m. N. E. of the port of Omoa. For the greater part of its course it is a rapid stream, and only navigable for canoes. It is principally interesting in connection with the interoceanic railway through Honduras, in course of construction (1874) through its valley. Comayagua, the capital of Honduras, stands on its E. bank.


Hundred, the name given in some parts of England to the subdivision of a shire, which may have received the appellation from having comprised 100 families, 100 warriors, or 100 manors. The existing divisions of this name differ greatly in area and population. The hundred is by some considered to have been a Danish institution, adopted by King Alfred about 897, each county being divided into tithings, of which 10 or 12 made a hundred, presided over by a decanus, head borough, or hundred man. The hundreds were represented in the " shiremote," which, under the presidency of its earl and bishop or sheriff, regulated the affairs of the county. The jurisdiction of the hundred was vested in the sheriff, although it was sometimes a special grant from the crown to individuals, and he or his deputy held a court baron, or court leet. The hundred was held responsible for felons until delivered up. - The townships of the state of Delaware are called hundreds.


Hurdwar, a town of British India, in the province and 100 m. N. N. E. of the city of Delhi; pop. about 5,000, besides many fakirs or members of the mendicant order, who dwell in caves. It is a celebrated place of pilgrimage, beautifully situated at the foot of the Himalaya mountains, and on the right bank of the Ganges. Immense multitudes annually assemble here at the vernal equinox to bathe in the river, the religious ceremony consisting only in immersion; but the desire of being among the first to plunge into the water is so strong that the crowding on the narrow passage leading to the bathing spot has often been attended with riotous disturbances. Every 12th year is regarded as especially holy, and as many as 2,000,000 pilgrims are said to assemble on such occasions. The fairs held at the time of the pilgrimage are renowned.