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The Oil Fever.

--The Petroleum, or Coal Oil contagion, is rapidly spreading through Western Virginia and the Southern counties of Ohio, and has infected those heretofore supposed to be proof against speculative diseases. ‘"Every man,"’ says the Wheeling Intelligencer, ‘"who visits the vicinity of Pittsburg or Parkersburg, comes back with his mind distracted and his conversational powers limited to the utterance of the simple words 'oil,' 'ile' and 'boring.'"’ In Wheeling a large company has, been formed for the purpose of prosecuting the surrounding country, and boring for oil where surface indications are discovered.

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