HAGERSTOWN, July 4
The cholera is again on the increase along the line of the canal, in the neighborhood of Williamsport. On Tuesday, we learn that three deaths occurred below, six above, and one in the town, making in all ten deaths on that day. The disease, this season, we understand, differs somewhat in its characters from that of last season, being seldom, if ever, attended with the outward spasms which have heretofore characterized it. It is not less malignant and fatal, however, on that account, as but few survive more than twelve hours, and in some instances, not more than three or four hours.
Hagerstown continues healthy and perfectly free from cholera. [Torch Light]
The Williamsport (Md.) Banner of Saturday says, that from Monday, when the disease first appeared on the line of the canal, to that day, there had been from 15 to 20 deaths, among the laborers. It had caused a considerable dispersion among the hands — and must, if the disease continue, materially delay the progress of the work. The cases it appears “have generally been attended with the usual premonitory symptoms, which have been neglected until incipient collapse, too late for relief from medical aid. They are also but slightly attended with cramps or spasms.” The town of Williamsport continued to enjoy uninterrupted good health.
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