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Composition Commended

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Composition Commended (origianl newspaper article)


One of the best methods to acquire the knowledge of a subject is to attempt to write about it. Ideas have a sort of cohesive and magnetic attraction or each other, and seem to flow together when the pen is taken to express them. Many a time have we commenced to pen a sentence, and even for an essay. Then again, when attempts to write, it becomes necessary to acquire ideas upon the subject under consideration. He will do this in the most expeditious, practical manner, without loading the memory with those cumuli of particulars and demonstrations in which pedantry is so fond of dealing. Hence, the pen teaches better than the pedagogue, and the closet is vastly superior to the schoolroom in the work of developing intellect and cultivating the scholar.