Black act

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the English statute 9 George I, which makes it a felony to appear armed in any park or warren, etc., or to hunt or steal deer, etc., with the face blackened or disguised. Subsequent acts inflicting heavy penalties for malicious injuries to cattle and machinery have been called black acts.

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References in classic literature ?
Tom Platt caught a Maine man in the black act and knocked him over the gunwale with an oar, and Manuel served a fellow-countryman in the same way.
She picked up on his reference to the only sense of containment in the landscape being the "encircling sky" - and she found out about the so-called Black Act of 1723.
2) The Making also introduced an important discussion of constitutionalism, one that Thompson would revisit in Whigs and Hunters: The Origin of the Black Act, and reflect on in his interview with Michael Merrill.
In reprisal, the 1723 Black Act measure criminalized any sojourn, without benefit of clergy, into wooded regions while in disguise or blackened face.
This black act shrouded what should have been another memorable day when, at Gleneagles in Scotland, the leaders of the world's eight most poweful states pledged pounds 30bn to help Africa's poorest fight their way out of poverty.
A third major black act, Ms Dynamite, will also play in the London concert at Hyde Park.
Thompson's classic study, Whigs and Hunters (1975), tells the story of the Black Act of 1723, "an act for the more effectual punishing of wicked and evil-disposed persons going armed in disguise" (1975: 270).
Although it is tempting to see the notorious Black Act of 1723 being a major influence on views on trespass, it was more likely an over-reaction to a regional rather than a widespread problem.
Although the practice of gibbeting corpses beside city gates disappeared by the end of the 1700s and the infamous Waltham Black Act of 1723 (which swelled the number of capital offenses to over 50) was eventually repealed a century later, the gallows continued to receive the support of successive governments and the House of Lords, including the Bishops' Bench, for the crimes of murder and treason.
Only one black act per program was the rule, and there were no black soloists.
In any one year, of those magazines' covers, two might feature a best-selling black act.
The Origins of the Black Act (Pantheon), the great British scholar E.