On the night of Saturday last, about eleven o’clock, the inhabitants of Kentlane, were thrown into the utmost alarm by a report that certain premises were on fire.
On examination it was found that the owner of the premises had been making an excavation in the cellar, and had arrived at a piece of rock, which was found to be immovable by leverage or hammer, and to charge it with powder would be a dangerous experiment. He therefore hit upon the novel plan of destroying it by fire.
In the first place he surrounded it by peats, placed in an upright position. He then ignited them, and the rock became red hot, and burst into pieces. The alarm created by the experiment at the dead of night was not soon allayed.
-Westmorland Gazette.