The siege of Matamoras.
one week Later.
another truce — failure of negotiations no result yet.
the Brownsville (Texas) flag,
of the 5th inst., furnishes us with the following additional particulars relative to the siege of Matamor as:
the firing of the night of Wednesday, the 27th of November, was unproductive of serious results, further than the destruction of more property.
On Thursday, morning, the 28th, a truce was established, on account of the news of a war between Spain
both forces involuntarily thought and suggested a compromise of local differences, in presence of the great national danger, and through the mediation of Maj. Fairfax Gray
; C. S. A., acting under instructions from Lt.
View was arranged between the contending chiefs.
however, after sundry notes back and forth, the conference came to a dead halt under the following ultimatums, which were respectively submitted:
that a general amnesty should be proclaimed by Gov. Serna to all but the chiefs of the opposite party, who were to be subject to such a prosecution as the law officers might wage.
- 2. that the city of Matamoras was to be unconditionally surrendered.
That Caravajal should withdraw his forces to Reynosa, and that a truce should be concluded until the dispute could be referred to the Government at the city of Mexico, both parties agreeing to abide by the decision of the National Government.
- 2. Or, that Garcia would surrender the city, provided that he, as a national officer, should be allowed to march out with all his troops and equipments.
- 3. That both parties should set aside the late election, and bind themselves to abide by the result of another.
The diplomats having thus come face to face with plain and sensible propositions, the negotiation only required the yeas and days, and thereupon neither party would yield his ground, for in doing so he was bound to give up everything.
The conference ended right then and there just as we thought it would; for the dispute between Garcia
seems to us to be one of life and death, politically speaking, and cannot be compromised.
During the conference Generals Garcia
met, Maj. Gray
and Lieutenant Neale
Both parties discussed the dispute with earnestness and seeming honesty; but what was said we cannot report, as the Major
kept away from the hearing of the parties, last they should be called upon to decide many delicate little points, where they might have offended one party or the other.
is a lawyer and a man of the world, therefore particularly discreet in such matters.
When the conference came near its termination, without any favorable result, Gen. Caravajal
very earnestly remarked that he had two peace-makers who would not differ, and that he should proceed to argue the dispute with cannon balls and torches, and that he would kill and burn until the city was reduced.
Friday, at the appointed hour, the conference broke up, the white flag was pulled; down, and the partizan banners raised upon the fortifications again.
The fight was to be resumed, and sure enough the guns were opened at the appointed time.
The shots were slowly rendered, however, and the reckless waste of ammunition was stayed.
Sharp-shooters were the only parties engaged in the fight, and for all the damage done, they might have saved their trouble too.
Friday night the threat of Caravajal
was terribly realized, for the horizon was broadly illuminated by the lurid light which ascended from the burning buildings in the doomed city.
Away off from us in the darkness of the distance, the greedy flames and the impalpable smoke gave token of the fearful work of destruction; and as we saw the forked tongue of the blazing conflagration licking up and smearing its victim before it, swallowed houses and wealth, our eyes turned away in sorrow that mankind should be thus cruel and vindictive.
From Friday night up to Thursday night, the time when the Flag
closes its report, no change occurred in the relative positions of the combatants, except that on Sunday it was reported that Caravajal
had been reinforced by General Martin Sayas
, who also brought Caravajal
a considerable amount of money General Benavides
was also reported to be on the way to reinforce Garcia
Of the truth of these reports, however, nothing is certainly known, except that Caravajal
did receive some money.
On the night of Thursday, the 4th, a terrible fusillade was heard, but the result of it had not transpired.
gives the following additional list of houses destroyed:
The house of Don Jesus Libra; the house of Mons. Etienne
Bros., with its stock of merchandize; the restaurant of John Mount
, the house of Madame Kidder
, with all the furniture and goods; two other houses belonging to Mrs. Kidder
, opposite to her residence; the residence of Col. Macedonia Capistran
; the residence of Col. Jose Quintana
; and one other, whose owner we did not ascertain, together with some small sheds in the suburbs.
Policy of the Resiegers.
As to the future policy of the chiefs, the Flag
We learn that Caravajal
has relinquished the project of taking the town by assault, and has decided to strengthen his lines around the plaza, and having his enemies hemmed in the intends to establish a government all around them and then wait for time to win the fight.
He will inaugurate municipal and State authority in that part of the town over which he has control, and, with his own police, carry on the government just as though there was no such spot as the plaza.
To do this, he intends to build bullet-proof walls across the streets leading from the plaza, behind which he will mount guards sufficient to check the enemy from getting out. This done, he intends to establish a custom-house, as usual, at the river, and then open a road so that travel can pursue its legitimate channels between Matamoras
and the country.
It will then be a matter of delay only how long he will be left out of the plaza, for time will wear out the garrison.
The insiders say that they are willing to this proceeding, for they have nothing to lose but everything to gain by delay.
Their friends are rallying men and means in the intention, and that by the time their reinforcements come along, Caravajal
's troops will have become dissatisfied and will desert Change is the great, faculty of the Mexican
, and many revolutions have been successful amongst them by the simple pertinacity of one or the other party.