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VOL. 4. HASPZKS^BHRY, VIRGINIA, MARCH 8, IS28. NO. 39. PUBLISHED EVERY SATURDAY KVEM5G, BY JOHN S. GALLAIIER. TERMS-—One dollar and fifty cents per annum, i payable at the expiration of the first quarter, or I one dollar and twenty-fire cents, to be paid at the j time of subscribing. Payment in advance,- fr6m distant Subscribers who are not known to the pub- I Usher, wilt invariably be expcfteu. Should pay- j ment be deferred to the end of the year, $2 will ; be required. *,* Postage on all letters MUST be paid. THE REPOSITORY. THE HISTORY OF .Miss Sally St. John and her little finger. In one of the frontier towns of Massachusetts, there lived, a few years since, a young woman by the name of Sally St. John. Her parents both died when she was young, and left her w ith a meadow, wood-lot, and pasture, worth a thou sand dollars. When Sally came to be about eighteen years ' of age, she made up her mind to marry, at the j same time taking care to manifest the same, by j declaring on all suitable, and unsuitable occa sions, that she was resolved to live a single life, j There are few women who do not, for at least -ix months in their life time, enjoy the advan tage of being thought pretty bv some ope T? >! Sally s case was a hard one. In vain did she ia , hour at the toilet, ami in vain did she buy cor setts, combs, and cosmetics, to develope if pos sible something in the face or figure, upon which she might rest some claims to beauty. But it was a hopeless endeavor; even the creative eye of self flattery could make nothing else of her than an awkward, lean, crooked, unlovely sninsfpr Miss Sully now arrived at the age of twenty ; she had tried the strength of personal attrac tions in vain. Several bachelors and two or three widowers had hovered about her. hut not one of them had ventured to alight She con sidered her case again and again, she put it in all sorts of lights: at length she came to a con clusion. “ 1 have been pulling," said she, “ at the wrong string. I must give up the idea of carrjing the point by force of personal attrac tftrr* and place my dependence upon the farm. » As me world goes, there is more merit in sixteen acres of meadow, four and twenty acres of young timber, and thirteen acres of sheep pas ture, than in all the charms sung by Solomon,” But years passed, and according to actual cal culation, Miss St. John had reached the age of thirty. But human life is not to be measured by the almanac ; so our heroine passed for two and twenty. The farm was indeed sold, and the money nearly expended, but Sally remained the same. ‘ Times alter,’ saith the proverb, »'and we change with them;’ but our heroine withstood proverbs as well as time. She was still the declared enemy of marriage, but an in ward seekegaftera husband. Her designs and wishes con^iued the same, but her schemes for prosecuting them were shauged with her change of circumstances.— The farm was gone, but woman is fertile in in ventions and skilful in turning trifles to account. Miss Sally St. John at length discovered that she was nut destitute of one point of beauty.— Her little finger was round, tapering, white, soft, and terminated by rt nail bearing a beau tiful pink tinge. I do not know how the disco very came about, hut Sally had learnt that beautiful fingers were muck esteemed in the world, and in her sanguine i..i,g!,vaiinn, »l,c did not uespair of making the charru extend to the whole person. The little leaven that leavened the whole lump was a text in point, and Sally, like many others, did not doubt any thing if i there was scripture for it. So she bought rings j for her little finger, washed it with cream of amber, and waited with longing and languish ing anxiety, till the nail should grow to that length which the laws of beauty prescribe. Gentle reader let not thy lip curl in scorn! It is a gambling world, and Miss Sally St.John is not the first individual who has entered into bu siness with a small capital. We havr seen Mer chants, Lawyers, and grave Preachers tread the stage of life, with pretensions based upon no better grounds than hers; and we have seen maidens put the best foot first with a presuni ing confidence, when the said foot was not a vvl.it better than Sally’s lit tie finger. Look at home, ye scorners, and see if there is not a inure ju,t proportion between a fair finger and a husband, than between your demands and your deserts. 1 ho campaign new opened, and the eneet ni the Mfie finger was to he tried, bnt years roll' d away, and Miss Sally St.John, at the age of for ty eight, alone and single,confessed herself live and thirty. Her minister, a preshyterian, spoke to her of futurity : “ It is,'- said he, “ a world of sorrow ; riches take to themselves wings and fly away ; friends fad ; pleasures cease, and our dearest possessions are withdrawn.” Sally sat looking at her little finger. It was a little less plump than formerly, hut it was still a very handsome linger. The clergyman proceeded ; ‘ What is there,’ said he, ‘that should attach us to the world ?” Sally replied, •• thiwill do for those who are bereft of all earthly comfuits, but,” said she, casting 1 r eyes at her finger, I see no harm in enjoying those Llcs-ings that providence has bestowed. ’ “ This is true,” said the clergyman “ in the abstract; hut the heart is deceitful, the. blessings of providence are apt to become idols, and to withdraw the. heait from its true allegiance It becomes e.s all to try ourselves and see if there, be any wicked way in us, and if we discover that the heait is unduly attached to any earthly treasure, it is our duty to sacrifice it. The stern rule of scripture must be applied, “ if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off!” During the conversation, Sally's right hand lay displayed in her lap, with the darling finger adorned with rings of coral, torquoise, peail, and precious stones. Whether by accident or not we cannot say, but as the clergyman made the last remark his eye descended from the countenance of his fair auditor and rested upon her favourite finger. She thought the clergy man intended to jpake a literal application of his words to her own right hand. The tears started to her eyes, but she said nothing. The inward struggle was deep. The clergyman de parted and Miss Sally St. John, after dutrieflec tjon. 4(.flail'd tii .t he was a hard na-trr and that she could not sec exactly as he uul. !?• she joined herself to the Episcopalians. " Alas," said the clergyman, “ Ephraim o joined to his idols ; let him alone i" Thus we have t id our story —whct'ici there is meaning or moral in it, we cannot tell II some keen-sighted genius should discover arc h. o .nfci a tv.-iur t y 1.) ...g it hdoie the JMI’OKT,t\(T, OK rSMALS EDUCATION. In a late number of the American Journal of Education—a truly valuable periodical which ought to he read I y every teacher of Youth and by parents, we find the following forcible argu ments in behalf of Female Education. The ar tide Irom which ire ipjote is a review of .Mr. Burroughs discourse on this subject, delivered in October, l:s27. The author g.ves a brief view of the civil and inti llcctual hi.-tnry of wo man—exhibits a mournful picture of the degra dation it presents, and then urges the iaipoi • ante ol giving her a liberal course of instruc tion. By a liberal course he means that high system ol instruction, which calls into vigorous exercise all the (acuities of the soul, strengthens it by the culture, stores it with knowledge, plants every virtue in the heart, and exalts the character by intellectual and moral excellence Ibis should be the lolty aim of female educa tion. Its immense importance will be ladi'y admitted, if wo s.eiv n „ connexion Vuil. jti sonal and domestic, happiness, the moral condi tion of the community, and the in,meats Oi manners aud literature." An extensive anu liberal system of inslra? (ton is of vast advantage to a female, ns connect ed with her personal happiness. If her know! edge be only superliciaj, from what source i she to derive her enjoyments or a proper r.c <piuiatnnce with her great and numerous duties.' How limited will he her sphere of usefulness, and hoiv scanty her resources for the employ incut ol her leisure hours! How will she n hove home of a wearisome monotony', render herself interesting to those around her, or pre vent her mind from prey ing on itself, and he coining the victim of ennui.-’ What is to keep her li'urn ihe snares of vice, from a round of un profitable iisiting, from an incessant desire o* theatres, bails,and oilier exciting amusements, from a youth of folly, an old age of cards', and from a miserable, reproachful anil unchrn tiun lite^ Enrich her mind with sound and vat liable knowledge, inspire her heart will) virtue, and you will ensure to her the highest ate* purest satisfaction * 4 * * ' “ Female education is of immense impor tance, as connected with domestic life. It is at home, where man generally passes the largest portion of his time ; vvheye he seeks a refuge from the vexations and embarrassment of busi ness, an enchanting repuse from exertion, a re taxation frpm care by the interchange of affec tion ; where some uf his finest sympathies, tastes, arid moral and religious feelings are | formed and nourished;—where is the treasury of pure disinterested luve, such as is seldom found in the busy walks of a selfish and ealcula ! ting world * •* * * * »