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A Powering agent employed by the enemy.

Among the most efficient agents employed by our unscrupulous enemy in his enterprise of subjugating the Southern States, is Falsehood. Since the world began, there is no example of such extensive and incessant lying as that exhibited by the Northern Government and press. Misrepresentation and prevarication in every conceivable shape — the suppressio peri and the suggestio falsi --the lie circumstantial and the lie direct — all are brought to bear unscrupulously upon the ‘"rebellion."’ Every battle is the occasion of a thousand falsehoods, magnifying their own successes and our disasters. The Herald subjugatee us many times a day, and distributes the cotton and other trifling effects of the rebels to the cardined points of the commercial compass. The world is given to understand that the rebellion is already crushed, and that the next steamers from our submissive shores will take out the much longed for cotton which the blockade had confined for a time in the warehouses.

There are three objects to be affair by the vain-glorious boasting and false hoods of the Northern press. First: To keep up the spirits of the Northern people and induce them to submit to the heavy impositions occasioned by the war. Second. To intimidate our own people and make them believe that the carnal Yankee is irresistible. Third, To impress foreign Governments with the idea that our ‘"rebellion"’ must inevitably be short-lived, and that it would be idle to recognize the independence of our Southern Confederacy. So far as concerts the Northern people and foreign nations, they must bide their time and be misled to the extent of their confidence in the lying organs that reach them. But our own people, we are sure, are too well fortified against the weak devices of the enemy. That Norfolk ‘"flag of truce,"’ which has been productive of so much advantage to the enemy and so much injury to us, is the means employed to introduce the newspaper poison of the Northern press — to disseminate the falsehoods intended to act on the hopes and fears by turns of a people who, we are confident, are completely armed against both. After ages will look back with amazement at the means employed to subjugate the South, and, if we be true to ourselves, that brave and loyal spirit which must triumph over them will be the admiration of the world as long as time shall last.

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