The Meuse of Liege states a curious cirmmstance. Pieces of ground situated between the Rue Berthotel and the Bassin du Commerce, in that city, have for some time. Dast been calcined and heated to a certain lepth, whilst no vegetation could thrive on ;hem, and the wine, and other things placed n the cellars of houses, became spoiled. The causes of this phenomenon, though frequently jought for, could not be discovered. A few lays ago an extraordinary event occurred ; some men on removing the stone covering of I well on the Quay D'Avroy, and bringing a iamp to it, saw, to their astonishment, a blue lame arise and burn for some time, thus making the fact evident that the ground is mpregnated with an inflammable gas, which nust have emanated from the neighboring boal seams.
This article was originally published with the title "Curious Phenomenon" in Scientific American 13, 40, 318 (June 1858)