PLAGUE IN MCDOWELL COUNTY
Hinton, W. Va., Aug 24 --Information
from McDowell County is to the effect that a dreadful state of affairs
exist in that portion of the State and Southwestern Virginia. The
drought has made the water very low and the peculiar disease which has
several times previously followed the state of affairs, and which is
supposed to be the result of minerals in the water has broken out. In
Dead Horse Cave neighborhood, there are over 100 cases, with 30 deaths.
Not a family has escaped. Crops are neglected and farm work is at a
stand still. It requiring entire time of every individual able to labor
to care for the sick and dead. It is estimated that 200 people have
died in McDowell County alone in the last four weeks from this disease.
Source: Wheeling Register (Wheeling, WV) Thursday, August 25,
1887 Transcribed by: Debbie Oberst
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