30 DECEMBER 1876, Page 3

The latest news from the Cape is not very satisfactory.

Secocceni has beaten President Burger's mercenaries, and killed their leader, "General" Schliekmann, whose ruthlessness dis- credited European humanity ; and though the defeat is not to be regretted on other grounds, it will greatly increase the general native confidence in their prowess. Krell, the first chief of the Kaffua, is about, it is said, to insist that his territory is too small, and although his action does not matter, it may influence all the tribes. The Colonial Office has protested very strongly against President Burger's conduct, and we do not see why it should not intimate that such conduct might be fatal to his followers' independence.