AWFUL MORTALITY. It becomes our duty this day to make a most appalling record of “Death’s Doings,” in our neighborhood. The desolating malady which has swept over our country, has no where been more fatal in its career, than at Halltown, four miles east of this place. Since Sunday the 23d ult. there have been sixteen deaths by Cholera, in a population not exceeding 100 souls. In the family of Maj. Peter its ravages have been heart-rending. Five of his household have been cut off: His sister, Miss Elizabeth Peter, his son Thomas— and three of his servants. Seldom has it fallen to the lost of one man to drink so deeply, at a single draught, of the cup of affliction. On Tuesday morning, he left his beloved sister and son in their usual health, and while in Charlestown received the news of their alarming illness. Medical aid was promptly obtained, but the work of death was too surely planned. In five hours the fatal shafts were sped. And yesterday, he accompanied them both to the tomb!
Mr. Daniel Allstadt, a young man of 20, was among the victims; and the others were principally workmen on the road. Several of the citizens are yet down with the disease, but are convalescent.
We question whether a similar instance of mortality, in so small a population, has yet been recorded. All the workmen on that part of the road, except 8 or 10, have fled from this favorite resting-place of the Destroying Angel.
Since our last publication, we have had no domestic case of Cholera in this place [Charles Town]. A laborer from Halltown came to town sick, on Thursday evening, with symptoms of Cholera; and his case proved to be a violent one. He is now in a fair way of recovering. The general health of Charlestown continues good; but Heaven only knows how soon we shall have the scourge, in all its desolating power.
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