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War matters. Late from the Rio Grande — advance of a large Mexican force. A Brownsville (Texas) letter, of December 23, in the Houston Telegraph, contains some paragraphs of interest, from among which we extract the following: The siege of Matamoras still goes cowardly on. This is the thirty-third day of the siege, and up to the present moment scarcely a foot has been lost or gained since the first day. Much valuable property has been destroyed, and a few killed and wounded; large quantities of powder burnt, and lead wasted; and no prospect of a change so far as either of those parties have the power to effect it. But we have hope from another quarter. News of a definite, and said to be of a reliable character, reached here last evening, to the effect that Vidaurri, with 7,000 men, was on the march for Matamoras, sent by the Federal Government, with whom he has made peace, and instructed to put down all sectional and party strites, and thereby unite the whole nation