An earthy kind of coal

A substance fell near Alais, France, March 15, 1806, that was reported by Dr. Walter Flight in Eclectic Magazine, 89-71, and observed by the French Academy to be “an earthy kind of coal,” that when heated emits “a faint bituminous substance.”

–Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned, p. 76 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

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