This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Many of our correspondents send us excellent common sense papers, but regret that they cannot write in a style they think desirable for the public eye. But the language of the school-room is not always the language of sensible people, and there is no good reason why language which is written should be different from that which is spoken. Herewith we give an extract from Comstook's Elocution, a popular school-book. If one were to talk to us like this in our parlors we should think him gone crazy: " He, therefore, who advocates the doctrine of present perfection in human productions, suggests, at least, the possibility that the amount of mind which is unnecessary to the successful application of the present principles, means, and inventions to their respective purposes, is-rendered a redundancy by the want of appropriate subjects upon which to operate." - Corn-stock's Elocution, p. 18.
Now this popular school-book means by this bombastic sentence very little more than that "you must not cram too many eggs in one basket;" or perhaps as Comstock himself would render it, "He who is laboring under an excruciating hallucination as to the compressibility of illimitable ovoid gallinaceous productions, within a limitable salicaceous vesicle, will expand his ocular organs in a profound ratio to their normal condition, when he discovers the amazing redundancy by the want of appropriate subjects upon which to operate in his frantic efforts to get them all in."
Never mind the fine writing. Tell us what you know in the fewest and plainest words you can think of. It will all the better suit us and most of our readers.