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Fitzhugh Lee SUBJECT Peace and War in United States and Cuba THROUGH the intercession of mutual friends General Lee has kindly consented to "make a few speeches" for me, and it is therefore with special pride and pleasure I offer him for a limited num¬ber of engagements. It is absolutely necessary to apply at once in order to procure a date. There is no man in America better fitted to tell, authoritatively, of the incidents of the Spanish-American War than Gen. Fitzhugh Lee. His gallant efforts and determined stand at critical moments resulted in the bringing of this country before the favorable notice of all foreign countries. And yet this true soldier took time to give many of those apparently small attentions to the civilians of both Cuba and the United States. As a speaker General Lee is most pleasing. His lecture abounds in both humorous and pathetic incidents, and he, as a true soldier and Southern gentleman, modestly men¬tions his own part at so critical a time. We bespeak for Gen. Fitzhugh Lee a most hearty welcome to New England. GEO. W. BRITT, Manager. Comments on General Lee's Lecture GENERAL LEE HONORED. Military Men Go to Hear Him and Freely Applaud. He Talks on Cuban Affairs At the State House He Is Not Averse to Making a Short Speech. (Boston Herald, March 8, 1902.) Gen. Fitzhugh Lee, famous member of a famous family, one time brigadier-general in the confederate army, ex- Governor of Virginia, former consul-general to Havana, afterward major-general of volunteers in the United States Army and now brigadier-general in the regular army of the United vStates, delivered an address, at Tremont Tem- ple, last night, on " Peace and War in the United States and Cuba." Curtis Guild, Jr., who served as inspector-general with the seventh army corps on the staff of General Lee, during the Spanish-American war, presided, and an effort was made to make the event as much of a military affair as possible. A full company of the Lancers, in full-dress uniform, occupied seats in the body of the hall, which was handsomely decorated with flags and bunting. Over the speaker's chair hung a large picture of General Lee, draped with the national colors and, underneath, the words, "Welcome, Gen. Fitzhugh Lee." In introducing General Lee, Colonel Guild referred to the old bond of friendship which has existed between Massachusetts and Virginia since the earliest days of the British colonies in America. When tlu applause with which he was received had sub¬sided, General Lee thanked the chairman, and also the audience, for the cordial greeting. "As I told the gentle¬men of vour Legislature this afternoon," he w7eut on, "when I could not come to Massachusetts — from '61 to '65 —thev didn't want to see me here, and, if they did, I don't think I could have come." (Laughter.) After re¬ferring briefly to the change in sentiment from the days of the great conflict between the North and South to that of the oresent day, General Lee proceeded at considerable length to a discussion of the military history of the United States from the day when " Columbus presented to Spain an empire, compared to which the present British Empire is inconsiderable and the Roman Empire, in the time of its greatest achievements, was insignificant." He told of our wars with England, and the heroism displayed by American soldiers, and the Mexican War, during which so many officers, afterwards leaders in the armies of the North and South, fought side by side. Coming down to the days of the Civil War, he described many scenes of bravery, witnessed by himself, and told numerous inci¬dents of the- great struggle. GENERAL LEE ON BEACON HILL. Unlike Prince Henry, He Makes a Speech. Goes to Lunch with the Mayor. (Boston Globe, March 8, 1902.) General Lee visited the Massachusetts House of Repre¬sentatives yesterday afternoon and was accorded a most cor¬dial reception. The occasion differed from the reception to Prince Henry of Prussia of the preceding day, in that the members were gratified at hearing some remarks from the distinguished guests, and being accorded an oppor¬tunity to shake hands with him. general Lee went to the State House accompanied by Col. Curtis Guild, Jr., and the two wTere ushered into the House together by Sergeant-at-Arms Davis, amid generous applause. The House had suspended its regular business for the time- being, and when General Lee and Colonel Guild had been seated for a few minutes Speaker Myers arouse and addressed the House briefly by way of intro- ducing General Lee. He referred to the historic ties which bound Massachusetts and Virginia in bonds of friendship saying : "In the early days Massachusetts and Virginia strove together for the extension of civilization, and together they fought as colonies. To-day, there is only a friendly rivalry between them, and all differences are forgotten. Massachusetts welcomes a son of Vir¬ginia, a Virginian of Virginians, and the scion of a fam¬ily which has performed great service for the country." General Lee also referred to the early days when Massa¬chusetts and Virginia struggled shoulder to shoulder for the advancement of civilization. He also paid a high tribute to the great men of Massachusetts, of her revolu¬tionary period, and said he liked Boston because its citi¬zens expected no apology from those w7ho were on the other side of the great struggle of I86I-'65, and he had no apology to offer ; he thought the men of Massachu¬setts wrould have done just as he did had they lived in Virginia. After General Lee's speech each of the members was introduced by Speaker Meyers, after which the party retired. Mayor Collins entertained Gen. Fitzhugh Lee at lunch¬eon at noon at the Parker House. It was an informal affair. The gentlemen present to meet General Lee were : Rear Admiral Martin L. Johnson, commandant Boston Navy Yard ; Lieut.-Gov. John L. Bates, Gen. Thomas R. Mathews, Gen. Jophanus H. Whitney, Maj. George F. H. Murray, Curtis Guild, Jr., the Hon. John W. Corcoran, E. E. Ells, and M. P. Curran. Governor Crane had been invited, but he was obliged to return to his home at Dalton yesterday morning. LARGE AUDIENCE GREETS GENERAL LEE IN TREMONT TEMPLE. Interesting Bit from the Interesting Lecture in this City by the Former Consul-General to Cuba. (Boston Journal, March 8, 1902.) Massachusetts and Virginia, the North and the South, united in the days of the present as they were in the early troublous times of the colonies ; the good feeling born of struggles which have taught their lesson, and the hope of future greatness upon a grander scale — all were clearly set forth in the address of Gen. Fitzhugh Lee, who spoke before a large audience last evening at Tremont Temple. The evening had a twofold interest — first, in the person of the speaker, and second, in his subject, which gave promise of rich food for thought. The family of Lee is known the world over, and the American public admires the present Lee for his stand during the period when Cuba was an unknown ground. Second-hand information is but a lottery, after all, and when one can hear facts from the lips of the man who made history, the smallest remark is felt. Thus it was that the gathering hung upon every word uttered by the speaker of the evening, for all knew that it was something to be treasured. Shortly after 8 o'clock the guests of the evening, mili¬tary men representing all branches of the service, made their appearance upon the platform, and they were fol¬lowed by Gen. Curtis Guild, Jr., escorting Gen. Fitzhugh Lee. The greeting was most cordial. General Lee arose and bowed amid the handclapping of the crowd. He did not impress one with the fire of his eloquence ; it was rather the earnestness of his words that held the audience. General Lee is far from being an orator. What he has to say is given in a conversational manner, and if at times he seeks to picture in poetic prose the scenes and deeds of other times, it is but an incident of the talk — the plain talk by one who tells of things he has seen and of deeds he has done. CROWD GREETS GENERAL LEE. (Post Standard, Syracuse, N. Y.) Fifteen hundred people, including many old fighters who faced the gallant Confederate colonel on the field of battle, crowd the Alhambra and give hearty welcome to their guest—Southerner tells vivid story of the Cuban campaign. Comments on General Lee's Lecture LEE WAS BOSTON'S HERO YESTERDAY. Visited Legislature. Spoke at Tremont Temple. (Boston Post, March 8, 1902.) The prominent place in the public eye so recently occu¬pied by Prince Henry was yesterday filled by a new hero, General Fitzhugh Lee. He was yesterday in Boston as the guest of General Curtis Guild, Jr. He called on the Hon. Richard Olney at his law office yesterday morning. He dined with Mayor Collins and a party of ten guests at the Parker House. He addressed the Massachusetts State Legislature yester¬day afternoon, and in the evening he spoke to a large au¬dience in Tremont Temple. Later he was the guest of General Charles H. Taylor at the Algonquin Club. To¬day he w7ill take lunch with Mrs. Draper, the daughter of General Preston, who was a member of the Cabinet of Jefferson Davis. At 1 o'clock Mayor Collins gave an informal luncheon to General Lee at the Parker House. There were present at this luncheon Gen. Curtis Guild, Jr., Maj. George F. H. Murray, Gen. Thomas R. Mathews, Adm'l Mortimer L. Johnson, commandant Boston Navy Yard, Gen. Jop-hanus H. Whitney, the Hon. John W. Corcoran, City Clerk Edward J. Donovan, E. E. Ells, John J. Collins and Pri¬vate Secretary Curran. General Lee was given an enthusiastic reception at the State House in the afternoon. After the usual business the Legislature took a recess pending the arrival of Gen¬eral Lee. At just one minute after three, Speaker Myers called the House together, and General Lee in company with General Guild was conducted to the platform. He was loudly applauded as he proceeded to the Speaker's desk. General Lee was received with great applause when he arose to respond. He reviewed the early days when Mas¬sachusetts and Virginia struggled, shoulder to shoulder, for the advancement of civilization. He also paid a high tribute to the great men of Massachusetts in the early days and those from Virginia who labored with them for the independence of the colonies. He said he liked Boston because its citizens expected no apology from those who were on the other side in the great struggle, and he had no apology to offer. In closing he assured the members that there was no sentiment in the South to-day except to do their whole duty as a part of the government of the United States. After the close of General Lee's speech, the members were introduced by Speaker Myers, after which the party retired and the House adjourned. CUBA AND THE WAR WITH SPAIN. Subject of a Lecture by General Fitzhugh Lee. Reminis¬cences Interest a Large Audience at Music Hall. Noted Soldier Entertained During the Day by Local Business and Other Organizations. (The Enquirer, Cincinnati, Ohio.) All audience that filled Music Hall last night greeted General Fitzhugh Lee, who lectured on ''The United States and Cuba " for the Y. M. C. A. Star Course. General Lee pictured in a graphic manner the history of the United States from the time that an English colony was established at Jamestown up to the stirring days in Cuba preceding the Spanish-American War. The speaker's eloquent descriptions and climaxes were enthusiastically applauded. The General first spoke of the treatment of Columbus by Spain, stating that that nation had shackled Columbus as it shackled freedom in the western hemisphere. In referring to the various periods of this count,- •' tory he said : " I was one of the men — a young OIK- then who would to make two republics from where only one grew b But now sectional feeling has vanished. I know that Virginia only wants to be a bright gem in the crown that encircles the brow of the Union." Coming down to the days that preceded the late war General Lee said, among other things : " The island of Cuba is unrivaled in the production of sugar and tobacco. The climate is so salubrious and so well adapted to vegetable growth that it is said if you stood to talk with a man, kicked the dirt up and dropped a seed into the ground you would soon have to move to make room for the plant." ►7« GENERAL LEE IN CHICAGO. Big Crowd Listens to His Lecture Before National at Auditorium. (The Chicago Inter-Ocean.) General Lee lectured last night at the Auditorium under the auspices of the National Union, a patriotic fraternal order. The house wTas almost uncomfortably crowed and the welcome accorded him was in the nature of an ovation. His subject was " Peace and War in the United States and Cuba. The speaker studiously avoided all reference to political questions in his address. He sketched briefly the history of the United States and the causes of its wars. He told anecdotes of the nation's statesmen and soldiers from its earliest period down to Cleveland's last month in office. He paid a glowing tribute to McKinley, the man. As to the Spanish-American War, he said that he was satisfied very soon after his arrival in Cuba that Spain could not quell the Cuban insurrection, nor could the Cubans drive the Spanish soldiers from the island. There fore, the war would continue until some country inter¬vened, and as the United States had laid it down as its policy that no other country should interfere, it was the duty of the United States to do so. GENERAL LEE SPOKE TO LARGE HOUSE. (Macon Telegraph, Macon, Ga.) Recited a thrilling story of the part this country played in war. Gave personal experiences of the time I was Consul-General at Cuba and spoke feelingly about t death of General Hampton. Gen Fitzhugh Lee lectured at the Academy of Mud last night. The audience was one of the largest and most re] sentative that ever gathered in the building to hear lecture. TOPEKA HEARS GENERAL LEE. (The Topeka (Kan.) Daily Capital.) There is probably no one in the United States when better fitted to deliver a lecture on " Cuba and the Spanish American War " than Gen. Fitzhugh Lee. His address people. The stage was banked with chairs, which occupied by the veterans of the Civil War, and to War General Lee said that there had been times when ne not care to face them and when he certainly did not M to have them in his rear as they were there.
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