Since our last paper, two deaths have occurred from Cholera— one in town, and the other in the vicinity. As we have noted every case, we hope our good friends abroad, who seem so careful of the health of our town, will not rely upon the many fabulous reports which travel upon the wings of the wind. We will regularly notice every case which may occur.
Many of our citizens were much surprised at a remark of the Winchester Virginian. After noting the statement of the Free Press, the editor of the Virginian says: “Rumor adds two or three other cases since.” Now he ought to know, that Rumor is a babbler— and that those who rely upon her, seldom get the truth. The fact is, but one case occurred between the 13th and the 19th, the dates of the Free Press and the Virginian.
Had we been as eager to trumpet forth the calamities of a neighbouring place, we might have spoken of a suppressed case of great malignity which occurred in a town only 22 miles from us, and for which we have better authority than Rumor. But we think it fair to leave to the presses of each town the first publication of its own cases, without exaggeration or suppression.
There is no case of Cholera in town at present; and we know of but six persons confined to bed from any cause. Our general health is excellent.
We learn that four cases of Cholera have occurred among the workmen on the road, at Halltown, four miles east of this place, within the last week. Only one proved fatal. We hope these will not be made forty-four by the time the news reaches Winchester.
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