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Trenton State Gazette
Trenton State Gazette
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Description: A Smart Child.

Date: July 14 1860

Newspaper published in: Trenton, N.J.

In 1791 a child was born at Lubeck, named Henri HEINEKEM, whose precocity was miraculous. At ten months of age he spoke distinctly, at twelve learned the Pentaueuch by rote, and at fourteen months was perfectly acquainted with the Old and New Testaments. At two years of age he was as familiar with ancient history as the most erudite authors of antiquity. Sanson and Danville only could compete with him in geographical knowledge; Cicero would have thought him an "alter ego" on hearing him converse in Latin; and in the modern languages he was equally proficient. This wonderful child was unfortunately carried off in his fourth year. According to a popular proverb, "the sword wore out the sheath."

Submitted: 10/16/12 (Edited 10/16/12)

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