from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name given somewhat loosely to certain fevers occurring in the Cordilleras. They are usually malarial or typhoid.
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Your correspondent has been in bed; has had the rheumatism in his back, neck, arms, legs, toes; is down with the mountain-fever; tries in vain to sleep; howling dog, belonging to Captain Russell's "brigade," keeps up such an infernal howling it makes me mad: wish Russell had to eat him, hair and all.
"Perhaps it wasn't pox, perhaps it was only mountain-fever.