The people of Kentucky will, it is believed, reject the
proposal to amend the Constitution by abolishing slavery, and as Kentucky is the last Slave State, the central Government has been compelled to resort to other means. General Palmer has issued orders authorizing any negro to claim a pass to go wherever he will, and protecting any pass-holder by military force. Sixty thousand negroes have, it is said, availed themselves of his order, and Ken- tucky will speedily be in the position of New Jersey—a State authorizing slavery, but without slaves. The permits are declared to be illegal, but the proclamation of emancipation is either valid or not, and if valid, is as valid in Kentucky as in Florida.