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“Quousquo Tandem,” a local correspondent at Dingess in present-day Mingo County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan County Banner printed on August 13, 1891:
Presuming upon the absence of any regular correspondent from this place I will give your readers the happenings at Dingess.
For the last few days there has been dearth of rain.
Health in general is good, except among some of those engaged in hard work and addicted to the too free use of water. An indisposition is prevalent at present, something akin to dysentery.
William Mullins, who was lately injured at the sawmill, is rapidly recovering.
Dingess now boasts of a string band, composed of a number of our Italian citizens, who are at present engaged in working in the tunnel, and “oft through the still night” may be heard the dulcet strains of the mandolin and violin cello ringing in harmony as they are gently wafted above.
Commodore Andrew Perry’s mill is running full time and things are speeding along nicely. Although not a large man, Commodore has a heart as big as the whole county, and he deserves all the success he is having.
Peter Dingess is hauling for the Perry mill and keeps an abundant supply of logs in the yard.
Jack Dingess has developed into a full-fledged “Boniface.” He has at present stopping with him some twelve or more men engaged in arching the tunnel. He sets a good table and has pleasant accommodations. At night, after the inner man has been refreshed all adjourn to the front porch, where an open air concert is rendered by the “string band,” in the delectation of all within hearing distance.
“Uncle” Jim Spaulding, son and daughter, and Jack Mounts left for a brief visit to their homes in Wayne county, last week.
Lias Perry is again with us looking well and hearty after his visit home.