12 NOVEMBER 1831, Page 21

NATIVE HYDROGEN.—During last summer, a bore was put down at

Johnstone, to the depth of 150 feet, for the purpose of procuring water. The boring was mostly through shale or till. At the depth of 125 feet, or thereby, the workmen heard a noise proceeding from the bore, which they supposed to be from water rushing upwards, but which, proved to be from gas. The bore was sunk 25 feet deeper, when an abundant supply of water was procured, so as nearly to rise to the surface. The supply of gas, however, did not fail. It continues to ascend through the superin, cumbent column of water, with a hissing noise ; and, when a light is applied, burns with a blue flame.—Greenock ddvertiser,