From the 17 July 1905 issue of The New York Times.


Dr. Myers’s Sentiments Applauded by Congregation at Ocean Grove.
Special to The New York Times.

OCEAN GROVE, N.J., July 16.—A Northern church assemblage applauded a Northern preacher’s eulogy of Gen. Robert E. Lee at the morning service in the Ocean Grove Auditorium to-day. The preacher was the Rev. Dr. Cortland Myers of Brooklyn.

“Whenever and wherever in this great country they build a monument to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant,” he said, “they should erect another for Gen. Robert E. Lee.” (A hearty round of applause and a salvo of fervent “Amens” interrupted.) “Gen. Lee went the two miles of the sermon on the Mount when, despite the importunings of his staff, he decided to surrender his army at Appomatox. When advised never to surrender to the hated Yankees, but urged to scatter and disperse his army, to gather and later to pursue warfare the big-hearted Confederate, in the interst of humanity said ‘No.’ He well knew that further fighting meant desolation, starvation, and death to his loyal army, so for humanity’s sake he gave up his sword to Grant.”

Dr. Myers also scored the Beef Trust officials and those concerned in the Equitable investigation.

“This might well be called the intelligent age,” Dr. Myers continued, “and yet, with shame be it said, the great intelligence of the present day does not produce morality, especially in the government of big cities or big corporations. To-day, in Chicago, a company of men among the righest of the land are under indictment for murdering humanity. The peril in my home city is not the much-abused Bowery, but in Wall Street. In that same city there is a corporation, officered by men who formerly stood high in the business world. One of these men is in the United States Senate. The name of this organization which has been robbing the middle classes for years must have been chosen by the devil himself, for if there ever was anything in this world that was not equitable that corporation is that thing.”