17 NOVEMBER 1866, Page 1

Sir J. P. Grant had opened the session of the

new Legislative- Council in Jamaica, before the last mail left, with a very able and practical address, full of that hard sense which shakes people somewhat rudely into self-knowledge. We have spoken of it, and of the other event of the island,—the ignoring of the bill of indict- ment for murder against Provost-Marshal Ramsay,—at length elsewhere. It is asserted that Mr. Ramsay, on his return home after this escape, was cheered by the negroes, and it is thence- argued that the negroes really respected him for the tortures and hangings he is said to have ordered. We dare say they did. The Obi worship chiefly consists, we believe, in that conciliatory homage which is paid to mysterious cruelty. Mr. Ramsay's second escape showed him to be protected by some evil genius. How could the poor negroes know it was but the evil genius of caste ?