--The Fort Smith Times,
of the 12th, has the following important announcement:
A quartermaster's train arrived at Van Buren
on the 10th, with 32,800 pounds of pig lead, from the Granby mines.
We are informed by Major Clarke
that all the lead needed by the Confederacy
can be procured at these mines, Col. McIntosh
has seized the mines, and is now working them, and Major Clarke
's return trains bring it down at the rate of 75,000 pounds per month.
From Van Buren
this lead will be shipped to Capt. R. W. Hunt
, ordnance officer, Memphis
If the river should remain unnavigable to this point, the lead will be hauled to Dardanelle
in the trains that go to that point for army stores, and thence down the river in small boats.
By this arrangement the Confederacy
will be furnished with all the lead that will be required in their armies.