In the West Briton of March 1889 a letter was published in reply to a report regarding the finding of a live toad in solid rock. During the 19th century a number of similar reports on this theme were published in the Mining Journal. This particular incident was in reply to the finding of a toad in a railway cutting at Saltash. No theories had been published as to why batrachians should be found in this way. The letter referred to North Pool Mine when a toad was reportedly found in whole, unbroken rock, thought to have been recovered from a depth of 100 fathoms. The toad was said to have lived for a ‘considerable’ time after being taken to the account house, following which it was sent to the Royal Institution of Cornwall.


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