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VOZi. 3. HARFERS-rERRY, VIRGINIA, OCTOBER 14, 1826. NO. 36. PUBLISHED EVKIIY SATURDAY EVENING, liY JOHN S. GALLAI1KR, .it the Office of the Virginia Free Press. i'RRMS.—One dollar and fifty cents per annum, -t ay able quarterly in advance ; or one dollar and "wenty-five cents, to be paid at the time of sub scribing'. Payment in advance, from distant sub scribers, w ho arc not known to the publisher, will ■ availably be expected. Should payment bedefer •ed to the end of the year, f2 will be required. *.* Postage on all letters MUS T be paid. THE REPOSITORY. ALCANDER AND SEPTIMUS. TIU\<UTED FROM A BVZASTIXK TI1AVELLKII. Athens, even Ionafter the decline of the Ro man empire, still continued the seat of learning, ; i jhtemand wisdom. The emperors and gen ■ ril- w ho, in these periods of approaching ignor •: -e, still felt a passion for science, from time to time added to its buildings, or increased J - professorships. Theodoric, the Ostrogoth, as of the number; he repaired those schools \liieh barbarity had sullered to fall into decay, ■.ml continued those (tensions to men of learn mg, v.hi'-h avaricious governors had monopo lized to themselves. In this ci'y, and about this period. .Meander ; ed Si jitimus were fellow students together. The. one the most subtle reasoner in the Ly ceum; the other the most eloquent speaker in the academic grove. Mutual admiration suou In gat acquaintance, anil a similit ude of disposi tion made them pcH’ect friends. Their fortunes were nearly equal1, their studies the same, and they were natives of the two most celebrated cities in the world; for Meander was ot Athens, Septimus came from Rome. In this mutual harmony they lived lor some time together, when Aleander, after passing the lirst part of his life in the indolenee of philosophy, thought at length of entering the busy world ; nd, as a stop previous to this, placed his affec tions on Hypatia, a lady of exquisite beauty, llvpatia showed no dislike to his addresses. The day of their intended nuptials was fixed, the previous ceremonies were performed, anil no thing now remained lint lu r being conducted ill triumph to the apartment of the intended bridegroom. An exultation in his own happiness, or his being unable to enjoy any happiness without making his friend Septimus a p.triner. prev ailed upon him to introduce his mistn s- to his fellow student, which lie. did with the gaiety of a man who found himself equally happy in love and friendship. Rut this was an interview fatal to Hie peace of both Septimus no sooner saw her than lie was smit with an involuntary passion, lie used every effort, but in vain, to suppress desires at once imprudent and unjust. He re tired to his apartment in inexpressible agony ; and the emotions of his mind in a short time lie came so strong that they brought on a lever, which the physicians judged incurable. Dm :n;>: this illness. Alcai. ler watched him with all the anxictv of fondness, and brought bis mistress to join in those offices of friendship. The sagacity of the physicians, by this means, soon discovered the cause of their patient's ill ness ; and .Meander, being apprised of their dis coverv. at length extorted a confession from the reluctant dying lo\er. It would hut delay the narrative, to describe the conflict between love and friendship, in the breast of .Meander on this occasion ; it is enough to say that the. Athenians were at this time ar | rived at such refinement in morals, that every i virtue was carried to excess. In short, forget ful of his own felicity, he gave up his intended ; In ole, in all her charms, to the young Homan. They were married privately by his conniv ! ance; and this unlooked for change of fortune, ; wrought an unexpected change in the constitu tion of the now happy Septimus In a few days 1 lie was perfectly recovered, and set out with his laii portlier for Hume. lit to, !.v the exertion of those talents of which he was so eminently possessed, he in a few years arrived at the high i est dignitaries of the state, and was constituted : the city judge, or pra tor. Meanwhile .Meander not only felt the pain of 1 being separated from his friend and mistress, but a prosecution was also commenced against him bv the relations of Hypatia, for basely giving her up as was suggested for money Nei ther his innocence of the crime laid to his charge, nor lus eloquence in bis own defence, was able to withstand the influence of a power ful party. i I Hr was cast ami condemned to pay an enor mous sum. 1 ualilr to raise -o large a sum at tiir time appointed. Ins possessions were confis cated, and himself stript of the liahit of freedom, and exposed in the market place, and ua> sold as a slave to the highest bidder. A merchant of Thrace becoming his purcha ser, Aleandcr, with some other companions of distress, was carried into the region of desola tion and sterility. Misstated employment was to follow the herds of an imperious master, ami Ins shill in hunting was all that was allowed him to supply a precarious existence. . t omlemned to hopeless servitude.every morn ing waked him to a renewal of famine or toil, ami every change of season serwd hut ,<> ag gravate lus unsheltered distres- >othm -. hut death or flight was li lt him, and almost ccitain death was the consequence of his attempting to lly. After some years of bondage, however, an opportunity of escaping offered ; lie embraced it with ardour, and travelled by night. and lodg ed in caverns by day : to shorten a long store he at last arrived in Rome. The day of Alcan dor's arrival, Septimus sat in the forum, admin istcring justice ; and hither our wanderer came, expecting to be instantly known, and publicly acknowledged. Here lie stood the whole day, among the crowd, watching the eyes of tin judge, and expecting to be taken notice of; but so much was lie altered by a long succession of hardships, that lie passed entirely without no tire; and in the evening, when lie was going up to the pra-tor s chair, lie was brutally repulsed by the attending lictors. The attention of the. poor is generally driven from one ungrateful oh jeet to another. Night comingon, he now found himself under the necessity of seeking a place to lie in. Ema ciated and in rags, as he was, none of the citi zens would harbour so much wretchedness, and sleeping in the street might he attended with in terruption or danger: in short, he was obliged to take up his lodging in one of the. tombs with out the city, the Gsual retreat of guilt, poverty, or despair. In this mansion of horror, laying his head uj on an inverted urn. Alcantler foi got his hum re s for a while in .sleep; ami virtue found, on (ins hard flint v couch, more ease than don n can sop ply to the guilty. It was midnight, when two robbers canv !i> make this cave their retreat; bat happening t■> disagree about the division of their plunder, one of them stabbed the oilier to (lie heart, and left him weltering in liis blood at the entrance. In these circumstances he was found next morning, and this naturally induced a further inquiry.— The alarm was spread, the cave was examined, Alcander was found sleeping and immediately apprehended and accused of robbery and mur dcr. Tlie circumstances against him were strong the wretchedness of his appearance confirmed tin: suspicion. Misfortune and he were now long acquainted, that heat last became regard less of Ins fate, lie detested a world where 1. hud found only ingratitude, falsehood and cp pity ; and was determined to make no defence Thus lowering with resolution, lie was dragg' before the tribunal of Septimus. The proofs were positive against him. and ho offered u thing in his own r indication ; the judge, tin v< fore, was proceeding to doom him to a mo ’ cruel and ignominous death, when, as if ilium: nated with a ray from heaven, he dprov< : . •? through all his misery, the fea»<tr>-s. though u, ,