connection string is not read?

When I execute the following code, for cnString, I get:

Data Source=.\SQLExpress12;Att;AttachDbFilename=|DataDirectory|\NORTHWND.MDF;Integrated Security=True;User Instance=True

Whereas I am expecting sting like: TestToGetStringFrom XML File as it is embedded in the cnNorthwind.xml file.

Question: Why it is not reading it correctly? Besides, where does the program gets the above string anyway?
 

Here is cnNorthwind:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
<connection>
  TestToGetStringFrom XML File
  <!-- Data Source=(LocalDB)\v11.0;AttachDbFilename=|DataDirectory|\NORTHWND.mdf;Integrated Security=True;Connect Timeout=30 -->
</connection>

This is the code reading cnNorthwind:
namespace CodeSampleCS
{
    static class Program
    {
        /// <summary>
        /// The main entry point for the application.
        /// </summary>
        [STAThread]
        static void Main()
        {
            XmlTextReader xmlReader = new XmlTextReader("csNorthwind.xml");
            cnString = xmlReader.ReadElementString("connection");
            Application.EnableVisualStyles();
            Application.SetCompatibleTextRenderingDefault(false);
            MessageBox.Show("msg 1" + cnString);
            Application.Run(new frmCS01(cnString));
            MessageBox.Show("msg 2" + cnString);
        }

        public static string cnString { get; set; }
    }
}

FYI: This App.config
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
<configuration>
    <configSections>
    </configSections>
    <connectionStrings>
        <add name="CodeSampleCS.Properties.Settings.NORTHWNDConnectionString"
            connectionString="TestToGetStringFrom App.config File"
            providerName="System.Data.SqlClient" />
    </connectionStrings>
    <startup> 
        <supportedRuntime version="v4.0" sku=".NETFramework,Version=v4.5" />
    </startup>
</configuration>

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käµfm³d 👽Commented:
May I inquire as to why you're not storing connection strings in the normal <connectionStrings> section of app.config?
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Mike EghtebasDatabase and Application DeveloperAuthor Commented:
I already have. But because I am studying c#, I want to be able to do it in various ways. Eventually, I will need to know how to read something from xml file.
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käµfm³d 👽Commented:
I don't see a problem with that. Just keep in mind that the expected place for connection strings is in the place I mentioned above. Deviating from that may lead to confusion for those coming behind you (or even yourself 6 months or a year from now!).

Are you certain that code runs? I get an exception when I run against that specific XML.
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Mike EghtebasDatabase and Application DeveloperAuthor Commented:
I was getting an exception also. After I copied cnNorthwind.xml manually into Debug folder it ran okay.

Do you have the same exception?
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käµfm³d 👽Commented:
My exception is with the XmlTextReader itself:

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Which basically means that you cannot use that method because there is an embedded XML comment within the node.
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it_saigeDeveloperCommented:
First to answer the reason why you had to copy your xml file.  
1.  If you select the xml file in the solution explorer.Capture.JPG2.  Choose 'Copy Always' in the Copy to Output Directory property.Capture.JPG
As for this question:

Northwind.xml -
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
<connection>
	DataSource=(LocalDB)\v11.0;AttachDbFilename=|DataDirectory|\NORTHWND.mdf;Integrated Security=True;Connect Timeout=30
</connection>

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Program.cs -
using System;
using System.Xml;

namespace NorthwindExample
{
	class Program
	{
		static void Main(string[] args)
		{
			Console.WriteLine(new XmlTextReader("Northwind.xml").ReadElementString("connection"));
			Console.ReadLine();
		}
	}
}

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Produces this output -Capture.JPG
-saige-
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