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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Warning Stone.
Anything that gives notice of danger. Bakers in Wiltshire and some other counties used to put a “certain pebble” in their ovens, and when the stone turned white it gave the baker warning that the oven was hot enough for his bakings.   1

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