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J "■■■'■■L ■. _'E?..1... .. 11 ■■■■' — ' ■■■■?■■■■ ■ ■ ■■ -l"-1- ■ 1 1 1 " 1 .. — ■ ' ■■■in ?OL. 3. HASFERS-rCRRY, VIRGINIA, NOVEMBER 1326. NO. 39 PUKLIRHKII tvr.lir DATCHDAT rVKSINti, nv John s. (. w.i.aiipk, Jit the Office of the I ’irginiit Free I HUMS.—One dollar and fifty cents per annum payable quarterly in advance ; or one dollar and twenty-five cents,sto be paid at the time of sub scribing. Payment in advance, from distant sub s fibers, who are not known to the publisher, will invariably be expected. Should | .i.-.-nt be defer red to the end of the year, ?.! will be required. Postage on all letters MI ST be paid. REPOSITORY. FliOM BLACK WOOIl’s M A U A Z 1A h. ■flip. WIDOW YM) UPli SON. Not a more beautiful vale ever inspired pas tiu.il poet in Arc.alia.nor did Sicilian shepherds ..fold ever pipe to each other for prize of oaten i- . il. in a lovelier nook, than where yonder cot ' ige stand-, -haded, hut scarcely sheltered .by a n-w lureli trees. It is in tintli not a cottage— led a sideline of turf, part of tbe knt.li adhering 1 i tiie sitie of the mountain. Not another iluell i**r - ew n snuill as itself—within a mile in any tlu eeliun. 'i'iiose goats, that seem to w alk u iiere there i- no looting along the sale o! the elitl. go oil tlieiiist Ives to he. milked ;it evening,to a house beyond the lull, without anv barking ting to set * hem home, " here an, ma; v f-mt path*. bet di of sheep, except oru1 leading through the coppice-wood to the distant kiik. The angler -• ldnm disturbs tiiose shallows, ami the heron nas mem 10 nimsen, w aicnmg w im motionless nork all day lung. Vet tin- shii linjr is inhabited, and lias been so by the same person fora good many years. Von might look at it fur hours, and yet see no one so much as moving to tin door. 111.I a little smoke Inn ers over i!—faint as mist — and nothing else tells that within is hie It is inhabited by a widow, who once was the happiest of wives, and list d lar down the glen, where it is richly cultivated. In a house astir with many children. It so happened, that in the course of nature, without anv extraordinary bereavements, she- outlived all the household, except one, on whom f. II the sad.Icst alllietiun that can helal a human being—the utter loss of reason. For some years alter the death of all her other children, and ln-r husband. Ins son was her support ; and there was no occasion to pity them m their p.ivertv. w la-re all were poor Her natural cheerfulness never forsook her ; and although laden hack in the world, and obliged in her age to li\c. without n.anv com forts she once had known, yet all the past gra dually was solicited into peace, and the widow and her son were in tin- shieling as happvas am family m the. parish He worked at all kinds of woik without, and she sat spinning from morn intr till night within—a constant occupation, soothing to one before whose mind past times might otherwise have come too ofti n. ami that creates contentment hy its omlisturhed same ness ami visible progression If not always at meals,the widow always saw her son for an hour or two every night, and throughout the whole sahh tih day. They slept, too, under one roof, and she liked the stoi' < weather when the rains were on, for then he lound some inge nious employment within the shieling, or cheer ed her with some, hook lent h\ a friend, or with the Kveh or plaintive nnisie of his native hills. Sometimes, in her gratitude, she said that she. was happier now than when slit: had so many other causes to he so ; and when occasionally an acijiiaintance dropped in upon her solitude, her fare welcomed eierv one with a smile that spoke more of resignation ; nor was she averse to partake the sociality of the other lints, and sat sedate among youthful merriment when summer or winter festival came round, and poverty rejoiced in the riches of content and inn occnec. Hill her trial--, gie.it as they had been. were not yet over; for this, her only son, was laid prostrate l.y a lever, and when it left his hodv, he survived hopelessly stricken in mind, llis ny es. so etear and inti Hi gent, were now lived ill i liotey.or rolled aliout unohservant of all objects living or dead. To linn all weather seemed the same—and d saltered, he would have lain down, like a creature void of'understanding, in rain or on snow, not living aide to find his wav hark for many paces from the hut. As all thought and feeling had lelt him, so had speech—all hut of moaning as of pain or wo, which none Imt a mother could hear to hear without shudderintr; Imt she heard it during night as well as dav, and only soon times lifted up her evi s as in prayer | to liod. An oiler was made to send him to a ■ place where the alllicted are taken care of. Imt | she heseeched charity Ihr the first time—such : alms as would enable her, along with the earn ings of her w heel, to keep her son m the shu l i mg; and the means were given her from many (|Uarters to do so decently , arid w ith all the com forts that other eyes observed, but of which tin poor object himself was insensible and uncoil scious. Thenceforth, it may almost he said, she never saw the sun, nor heard the toi rent's roar. She went not to the. kirk, Imt kept her sabbath where the poor paralytic lay—and then- she sungthe lonely psalm.and said the lonely prayer, unheard in heaven, as many despairing spirits would have thought. Hut it was not so ; For m two years there came a meaning to his eyes, and he found a few words of imperfect speech, among which was that of ‘ Mother.' Oh ’ how her heart burned will.in her. In know that hn faro was at last -recog nised ! To lool that (h i kiss was returned. and to see tlio first tear that trickled from eye? that so long had erased to weep ! Day alter day, the darkness that envoi od his hrain grew less and less dt op—to her that hr.wildrrmont now pave the hlessodnoss ot hope ; for her son now know that he had an immortal soul, itinl one evening jomod faintly, and feebly, and erringlv in prayer. A tew weeks alterw aids, ho remembered only even!* and scenes long past and distant-—and believed that his father and all his brothers and sis(. ts were yet alive. He called upon them, by their names, to come and kiss them—on them, who had loop been buried in the dust. l’mt his soul struggled itself into reason and remembrance— and lie at last said, “ Mother did some aeeidi nt hel’al me yesterday at my woik down the gbui .* 1 feel weak, and about to die!" The shadows of death were indeed around him—hut he lived to he told much ot what had happened — and rendered up a perfectly unclouded spirit onto the merry of his Saviour, llis mother felt that all her prayers had been granted in that one boon—and when the eotlia was borne away from the sideline;.she. remained in it with a friend, assured that in ibis world there could for her he no more giief And there, in that satin* shir Imp,that v ears ha vc gene f\ , *:>• still lingers, visited as often as she wishes I v her poor neighbors—for. to the poor, sorrow i* a sacred thing—w ho. by turns, semi one of their daughters to stay with her, and cheer a life that cannot he long, hut that. < ml when it may. will belaid down without one impious misgiving, and in the humility of a Christian's t,,ith. SABINUS AND OI.INDA. — nr i.ou.sm n n In a fair, rich, and flourishing country, whose c lifts are washed by the Herman ocean, lived buiu-, a youth formed by nature to make a con quest wherever he thought proper ; but the con stance ot Ins disposition fixed him only with Olinda lie was indeed supeiior to her in fortune, hut that defect on her side was so amply supplied by lit; merit, that none was thought mote worthy of Ins regard than she. lie loved Jin, he was belovi d bv her ; anil in a short turn , In joining hands puhliclv tin y avowed the union of their hearts. Put a!.i none, however fortunate, howevei liappv, arc ex empt from the shafts of envy, and the innl-goant effects of ungovernable appetite. How no d*. , u .a detestable are they win* have this fury for tin ;• guide! How certainly will it mUK ad them, an' plunge them in errors they would have shmirlt:# al, even in apprehension ' Ar-ana, a lady of man amiable ipiahties, very nearly allied to Sa'nnus, e. . highly esteemed by him, imag to 1 herself sl.ghn . and in '■ am-.!, L‘< ae d. ^ *t»- marriage v.