"If our vision be unobstructed by prejudice, when we get the telescope of God’s Word rightly adjusted we may see with clearness the character of many of the events due to take place in the “Day of the Lord”-that we are in the very midst of those events, and that “the Great Day of His Wrath is come.”" Time is at Hand 1902 p101.
It would seem that the telescope of God's Word wasn't as adjusted as they thought.
What to seems interesting to me is these ones are part of the generation that have seen the sign in 1914 of Christ's invisible presence according to the new understanding of the generation.
However they never recognized the sign as they thought Christ was present from 1874. They never changed this until after Rutherford's death.
I find it hard to believe they saw the sign.