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The shadow and the Substance.

Mr. Editor:--Did the following facts ever occur to all of your numerous readers, in regard to the true position of the two Presidents now recognized on North American soil?

The First--President Lincoln, the Shadow — with Lieut.-General Scott, and over 50,000 well-armed soldiers around him, at the Capital, to protect his dear life!

The Second--President Davis, the Substance — in a country town, amid his family associations and among his civic friends — in daily intercourse with the [129] people, and travelling at any and all times from one portion of the Confederacy to the other!

Truly, here is a great contrast of position; one that should awaken Northern fanatics and insane politicians to a true sense of the unpopularity of their war against the South; and fully picturing to them the “shadow” and the “substance” of North American affairs.

John. --Natchez Courier, May 21.

Gen. Pillow, who is a clever gentleman in the private relations of life, and a very companionable man, sent us a message recently, which is explained in the following reply:--

Gen. Gideon Pillow:--I have just received your message through Mr. Sale, requesting me to serve as Chaplain to your Brigade in the Southern army; and in the spirit of kindness in which this request is made, but in all candor, I return for answer, that when I shall have made up my mind to go to hell, I will cut my throat and go direct, and not travel round by the Southern Confederacy.

I am very respectfully, &c.,

--Knoxville Whig.

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