16 SEPTEMBER 1876, Page 3

The news from South Africa of the serious defeat 4

the Transvaal ;Boers, under President Burgers, by the Kaffirs is likely to be the signal for a great advance in the policy of Confederation. The Boers are intending, it is said, to ask for British mediation, which can hardly be refused. But the need for B'ritish mediation will be the strongest and most unanswerable argument for a Confederation whicli"sbpuld include the applicant for that mediation.