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GRANDPA AT REST, We wonder how many of the little readers of SUNSHINE bave a dear old, white-haired grandpa ? Some of them, we know, have not, and we feel sorry for them. Those who have, and love him dearly, will feel and know how much some little children bere in Philadelphia have lost when we tell them that their dear grandpa has left them, and gone to live in heaven. He it was who used to send this little paper, SUNSHINE, to the boys and girls every Sunday.
Now his busy brain, heart and band are at rest. Only a month ago—one bright, sunny morning in May—he kissed his little pets good-bye, and said: “Be good children till grandpa comes back.” But he will not come back to these merry little hearts, who are yet too young to know and feel their loss. He was taken sick far, far away from his home and loved ones, and there, surrounded by kind and dear friends, he closed his eyes to all on earth, and opened them to see the glories of heaven, and the loved ones who had gone before.
His body was taken to Chambersburg, and laid beside his only daughter-she who first started SUNSHINE on its mission of love to the little ones. There they both sleep in the old churchyard, side by side, and we, taking up their work, will continue it, hoping and trusting, with the help of Him who is above, to still send SUNSHINE into all the homes and hearts of the little ones they loved so well.
Is certain and true, His love will remain,
If this we shall gain.
Dare to change your mind, confess your error, and alter your conduct, when you are convinced you are wrong; it is manly, it is Scriptural.
Dr. Samuel R. Fisher. son, Rev. C. G. Fisher, are now grouped
together in this beautiful God's acre. BY THE EDITOR.
The son and three venerable brothers,
old, gray-beaded men, were the nearest I have just returned from the grave kin at his grave. of this venerable servant of the Re- The most of our readers have before formed Church.. Some fifteen ministers this read sketches of his busy life, and and quite a number of his friends and the particulars of his death. Just now, associates gathered around his bier in with the impressions of his funeral still the Zion's Reformed Church of Cham- | fresh in my mind, so many characteristics bersburg, Pa. During twenty-five of and incidents of his life crowd upon my his most active years he worshipped in memory, that I must needs tell some of this church; in its pulpit he often them to the readers of the GUARDIAN. preached, and at its communion altar Dr. Fisher was born at Norristown, he often communed. It was fitting that Pa. His parents were pious American before burial, his remains should once Germans, descendants of refugees from more be borne hither. To-day his the Palatinate, in Germany. He was strong, bass voice, which I had ofien piously trained, and confirmed as a beard so prominently here amid the wor- member of the Reformed Church, as shipping congregation, is ailent. You were his six brothers. From a little der pew, where he and his family sat for boy he bad a vivid impression that God many years, and where for several years wanted him to enter the ministry. An I sat by his side every Sunday, to my uncle, Rev. George Wack, instructed eye looks sad in dreary vacancy. Of bim privat ly for a season. A charge the four of his family who used to sit in in the neighborhood happened to be va-that pew, three are now at rest. For cant, and pressed him to become its several years I was his pastor here and pastor. After some deliberation it slearned what a charitable, patient h-ar- occurred to him that his limi!ed educaer he was. Four of his ministerial tion disqualified him for the sacred office. friends spoke words of tenderness and His mind was seized with an irrepressiloving appreciation. We prayed and ble desire to take a full College and sang with softened hearts. He lay Seminary course. Both his father and calmly in his neat, narrow house, his his teacher opposed his purpose in this face bore the impress of peace, and direction. The former had been unforhis long, white beard lay gracefully over tunate in his worldly interes's and could a heart now cold and pulseless in death. pot give him the needed support. Be
He was borne to his rest amid a sides, at that time in 1829, there were heavy shower of rain. For several / very few College-bred ministers in the hours the windows of heaven seemed to Reformed Church. The prevailing senhave been fuag wide open ; and as timent did not yet see the importance of We pronounced the last solemn rite of a thoroughly educated ministry. The burial over his lowered remains, the founding of a College was then only rain literally poured down upon the under consideration. The father at last assembly and into his open grave. There partially consented, the teacher with held beneath graceful evergreen trees he was bis consent for a while longer. Meanlaid to rest among his dear ones who while his characteristic determination bad gone before. All save his surviving and energy came into play. He felt that
it ought to be done, and so he began his letter of this kind, no matter how overefforts to get a start. He had no money; crowded he was with work. By comnot even as much as to begin with. He mon consent he was called “the exand his youngest brother Jobn, each pounder of the constitution," and the bought a wood-horse and a saw. They great work of his last years was as weut from house to house in Norristown, chairman of a committee of the General and sawed all the cord wood they could Synod on the revision of the Constituget. Ou the street, in wood-sheds, and in tion of the Reformed Church. It was cellars the two brothers battled in manly this work chiefly that took him on his humility for the good cause. Thus for a last journey to attend the meeting of the considerable time the younger brother General Synod in Tiffin, Ohio, where he helped him to earn money to begin his died on June 5. Even on his death bed College studies. Then, with a meagre his mind continued to grapple with this wardrobe be started afoot, and walked | undertaking. He seemed to look forthree hundred miles to Jefferson College, ward to the Synod with pleasing hope, in Cannonsburg, Pa. There at the age where he reported what he had done. His of twenty years he began his collegiate serious illness obliged him to have this course. Meanwhile he improved frag- report read by another member of the ments of leisure, as agent of the American committee. Bible Society, and sometimes he earned 1. He had the faculty of calmly workmeaps by farming small plots of ground ing out a vast multitude of worrying pear the village. In various ways he little details, without discomfort or emsucceeded in procuring means of sup- barrassment. As the business manager port by his own industry. For years of the Publication affairs he performed he walked sixteen miles every Sunday an immense amount of mere clerical during the College term, to superintend work and business correspondence, givtwo Sunday-schools in the country. It ing detailed statements of private is said that despite his extra exertions accounts, which few men could have to provide an honest living he stood endured. And along with purely busiwell in his class ; he was noted for his ness drudgery he wrote his weekly poraccuracy in Greek and Latin, and tion for the MESSENGER, and served especially excelled in mathematics. many years on different Boards of the
Dr. Fisher spent only some three or Church, and as Treasurer of the Pubfour years in the active pastorate, as lication Board. He rarely ceased from pastor of the Emmitsburg Charge, Md. work before midnight. His long habit During more than forty years he was of working late and early, trained his connected with the publication interests system to shift with comparatively little of the Reformed Church. During the sleep. But when in bed he was a sound whole of ihis period he served as stated sleeper. Often he would work in his clerk of the mother Synod of the office in the second story of the backChurcb, in which office he acquired a building of the Mansion house at Chammore accurate knowledge of ibe pro- bersburg, until his family, at midnight, ceedings and current history of our became alarmed about his safety. Church Fathers than any other person. My memory calls him up in a few in the denomination. As was said by characteristic postures. At his study one of the speakers at bis funeral: “He table I always think of him holding the received and answered more letters, was end of his pen handle between his teeth, more frequently consulted on points of his glasses perched downward toward constitutional law and synodical pro- the tip of his nose, leafing leisurely ceedings by ministers and members, over a large ledger which lies half young and old, he personally knew more buried among a confused mass of papers of our ministers and members, than any large and small. Like most hard-workten men in our Church.” Inexperienced ing men he greatly enjoyed recreation young pastors would almost always ask when he would enter and throw his him for counsel in their doubts about whole soul into the affair. congregational government, and hun-| During my association with him at dreds can testify with what kindness Chambersburg, we were in the habit and patience he would answer every of taking rides a horseback together of an afternoon, for recreation. Dr. equal to him in the former respect. His Fisher had a bay horse of which he was was a natural pacer, and quite fleetjustly a little proud. As was his habit, footed at that. “For miles our horses with man or beast, once he took one into walked nimbly along, whilst their riders his confidence, he stuck to him at all discussed matters gay and grave. Comhazards and treated his faults chari- ing to a level piece of road we would tably. He could not brook the slight-spur them on a little; whilst the bankest insinuation that “ Bill” had any er's bay would amble faster and faster defects. Now I knew better, al- in a sort of bantering way, ours would though I scarcely ventured to hint my lope. Who could resist such a chalviews on this subject. Riding down a lenge. It was not long until the three steep bill one day, Bill's fore legs, which horses were put to their utmost speed, were somewhat sprung, suddenly gave each of the riders with hand and voice way, down went the horse, pitching bis urging his animal onward, whilst the rider head foremost over his head, with women and children of many houses a violence that filled me with terror. along the road rushed to their front How relieved I felt when he arose, doors, some who knew us expressing picked up his hat, wiped off the earth their astonishment at so unusual a sight. from his clothing, and muttered some- What a thorough shaking up of every thing about the horse having tramped joint, muscle and fibre of the body those on a loose stone. He mounted again and harmless rival feats in horsenjanship after silently riding along at a walk I used to give us. Few remedies are at length feebly suggested that “ Bill's” so recuperatiog after six or eight hours knee-sprung joints had given way. With hard mental work, as one or two hours' characteristic emphasis, his thoughts out- ride on a trotting or even galloping running his capacity of articulation pe- horse. Alas! three of the four riders now culiar to him when under excitement, he lie buried under the cypress shades of denied the charge and did his utmost to Chambersburg cemeteries. The last clear the faithful horse from all blame letter I received from the cashier conor def ct.
tained a very pressing invitation to pay These rides familiarized me with all him a visit; and remembering my weakthe shaded lanes and byways around ness, he said that his horse, “ one of the Chambersburg. He always had a seat best and handsomest animals in the for me in his carriage, along with his county, full of action and life,” should family. After our return I would have be at my disposal. a welcome place at his hospitable board. When General Lee, at the invasion Those cosy groups are green spots in my of Pennsylvania, took possession of Chambersburg experience. How Judge Chambersburg, Dr. Fisher, as the head F. Kimmel, Dr. James Kennedy and of the printing establishment, was asked family, Dr. B. S. Schneck and wife, to do their printing for his army. and others, are still set with unfaded Should he do job work for the enemy of freshness in the picture of those little the Union ? It caused his peculiarly social gatherings I fondly remember. unyielding integrity a severe struggle. When around his own fireside the hard. But what could hedo? The order was: working brother forgot his burdens and “Either you will do this work for us, mingled with innocent glee in the chat or we will seize your establishment and and cheer of social intercourse.
do it ourselves. The latter may cause These horseback rides sometimes led you much more loss than the former.” us beyond the bounds of moderation, at He had quite a valuable stock of paper least so far as speed was concerned. on hand, which he feared might be conFour of us constituted ourselves in- fiscated; besides to let inexperienced formally into a sort of a riding club. and irresponsible soldiers run the press Dr. Fisher, G. R. Messersmith, cashier would seriously damage it. He did the of the Chambersburg Bank, myself and unweicome work, and saved the propsometimes Dr. Schneck would be with erty from further losses. us, each had his own borse. The cash-! At the buroing of Chambersburg his ier was a capital rider, and had the best almost superhuman exertions saved his horse; still each of us thought we were home in a part of the town where only