15 DECEMBER 1866, Page 1

Time does not work in favour of Governor Eyre. The

more we hear of what happened in Jamaica during the repression of the disturbances, the more we see how completely a "reign of terror" it was. We believe we gave nearly a year ago the history of the unfortunate Haytians who left Jamaica in a vessel chartered by themselves just before the disturbance, and were driven back to Port Antonio in a disabled state by a storm, only to find a most inhospitable reception. Mr. Eyre took the circumstance for a descent of Haytians in aid of the insurrection, a suspicion not quite unnatural or unjustifiable at first, but not to be acted upon without evidence. He wrote first to Captain de Horsey, then to General O'Connor, "to try the vessel by court-martial," but both gentlemen expressed their doubts whether court-martial was a process by which a vessel' could be tried. Mr. Eyre has almost rivalled Don Quixote's chivalric ire against the windmill. We wonder he did not try the island of Hayti by court-martial at once. Lieutenant Brand would have liked the job. As a 'natter of fact, the disabled vessel was not tried by court- martial, but the Hoydens, General la Mothe and his companions, were landed, insulted, their luggage plundered, and finally deported from the island by Mr. Eyre's order. Sir James Hope says that Captain de Horsey, R.N., is responsible for the insults which he ought to have prevented, and that Captain Luke, of the 6th Foot; is responsible for the plunder of the luggage,' which he ought to have prevented. General la Mothe, of course, must be compen- sated, but Captain de Horsey and Captain Luke add two more to

the long list of subordinates not only not restrained from, but stimulated to, mischief, by the weak panic of Mr. Eyre.