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Great Pop-gun practice.--Toby is a high private in the First Regiment of the Mississippi army. His company is armed with the breech-loading Maynard rifle, warranted to shoot twelve times a minute, and carry a ball effectually 1,600 yards. Men who fought at Monterey and Buena Vista call the new-fangled thing a pop-gun. To test its efficacy, Toby's Captain told the men they must try their guns. In obedience to command, Toby procured the necessary munitions of war, and started with his pop-gun for the woods. Saw a squirrel up a very high tree — took aim — fired. Effects of shot immediate and wonderful. Tree effectually stripped, and nothing of the squirrel to be found, except three broken hairs. Pop-gun rose in value — equal to a four-pounder. But Toby wouldn't shoot toward any more trees — afraid of being arrested for cutting down other people's timber. Walked a mile and a quarter to get sight of a hill. By aid of a small telescope, saw hill in distance; saw large rock o