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SEARCHING FOR THE MURDERER'S GARMENTS.
Detectives Again Busy
CHARGED WITH MURDER.
The Coroner's Jury Finds a
Verdict Against Dur
EIS MOTHER'S INFORMATION.
The Afflicted Woman Thinks She
Has Strong Proof of Her
Dwellers in the Mission still pass the
blood-stained church on Bartlett
with a mirth-dispelling shudder, and the
people upon whose homes the Bhadow of
the tall steeple falls would gladly si
growing high where the building stands.
On the subject of removal the c
is divided, b'ome declare that they will
never cross its threshold again. Others
think that in time ali objections to using
the building will be silenced. Ex
visor Taber, who take? a kindly interest in
the church, because some of his relatives
are members of Pastor Gibson's flock, sug
gests that it would oe advisable to demol
ish and reconstruct the front of the edifice
a;:d destroy the little library room in which
Minnie Williams met her destroyer.
F.< . will not at in
: or any other subject with
- 'ntatives of the pre*s. It appears
that Thursday evening the clergyman
made some remarks to a newspaper man
which that gentleman construed as a re
flection npon the honesty of members of
his profession. The newspaper man was
indignant, and replied in words that could
not well be published. Then some one
struck a blow and some one else struck
back. The conflict was of short duration,
and just how it resulted could not be
learned yesterday, for the reporter would
say nothing and the minister was suffering
from nervous prostration.
The police are searching the building
They now think that the bloody gar
ments of the murderer may be found
between the lathing and the weatherboard
of the hall. It is reported that they found
of importance shortly after
noon yesterday, but they denied that they
had found anything.
The inquest on the remains of Minnie
Williams was concluded yesterday morn
ing, and the jury found Durrant guilty of
MURDER IS CHARGED.
ihe Coroner's Jury Accuses
Durrant of Killing Miss
"We. the jury, do say npon onr oath ;
"'innie Eioru Williams, apw 21 year?,'
nativity Canada, single, residence Ala- i
meda. Alameda County, State of Cali- !
fornia, found dead April 13 in the Em- !
• manuel Baptist Church, Bartlett street,
between Twenty-second and Twenty-third
streets, city and county of San Francisco,
came to her death from hemorrhage due
to lacerated wounds and asphyxiation due
to strangulation; and we further find,
from the evidence obtained, that the mur
der was committed by one Theodore Dur
rant, and we charge him with the crime.
Charles H. Dawson, foreman; Lawrence
N. Green. A. H. Frank, J. P. Ruegg, N.
Cohen. H. Shemanski, A. Jona*. John
irt, Louis Markus and William
After being out thirty minutes and once
calling Coroner Hawkins into consu
the jury finally brought in the above ver
dict. Durrant was not there to hear it
read. Toward the end of the case Coroner
Hawkins called him as a witness, but on
the advice of Eugene Deuprey. his counsel,
he refused to be sworn. As soon as the
case was given to the jury Durrant was
removed by Sergeant Burke to a hack and
driven to the City Prison.
The Coroner, jurors and witnesses were
ready promptly at 9 a. m., but the attorneys
for the prisoner were not in attendance, so
Dr. Ha- tins did not like to proceed. After
waitini; twenty-five minutes Deuprey put
in an appearance, and rive minutes later
Durrant was brought in by Sergeant Burke
and Detective Gibson.
The first witness was Dr. A. T. Vogel.
He was recalled to testify in regard to the
movements of Elmer A. Wolfe. He said,
I know Elmer Wolfe. He was present at a
party given in my house on the 12th inst. He
arrived about 8 :15 p. m. He was not a memtx-r
of the Young People's Society of Christian En
deavor, but, nevertheless, he was present at
the business meeting. He brought Miss Lord
to the party aud left with the rest shortly after
11 p. M.
Q.— Do you know where he lives? A.— l think
he lives most oi the time on the ranch, but his
■<) Twenty-third street.
Q.— Did you invite him to the party? A.— l
might have invited him, but I don't remember.
-ie who attends the church i 9 welcome to
come to our meetings.
■ Q. — Have you ever seen a bed in the church?
A.— No, -ir;*lhave not. There is a lounge in
the pastor's study.
Q.— Did you see Wolfe when he arrived in
company with Miss Lord? A.— l did.
Q — Was he excited? A.— No, sir; he was not.
He seemed to me to be just the same as usual.
Elmer A. Wolfe was recalled and was
asked by the Coroner to give a detailed ac
count oi all his movements on that event
ful Friday nijht. He said:
I attended the social at Dr. Voeel's house. I
went there in company With Miss Lord and
met my stepsister, Mi>sTaber, at the door and
we all cutere' 1 . together, getting there about
20 minutes past 8. We all left about 11:30
p. m. There were five in our party, but Durrant
caught up with ns after we had walked a
We walked up Howard street to Twenty,
fourth and at the corner we separated, three of
t. v .f t any going down the street and Durrant,
I <rd and myself goineup. At the corner
of Twenty-fourth and" Capp streets there was
another break in tit* party. I>Mirant went on
up Twenty-fourth and Miss Lord and I turned
down Cap'p. I left Miss Lord at her home and
9 my room on Twenty-third street.
I changed my clothe*.
Q. — Why did you change your clothes?
A.— l was dressed fact the s«uue as I am now. It
ii my best suit, and I did not care about tiding
In it. Besides the suit I put on is the one I gen- I
ertlly wear at the ranch, and the one I have on ]
I keep in the city. After changing my clothes i
I went to my brother's- stable to get my horse,
bnt when I got then I suddenly remembered
that I had left my hone at the blacksmith's
shop on the corner of Fifteenth avenue and
Bab Jirurio road. At that time I did not know
the horse car* (topped running at 10:45 p. m.,
so I ran to Bartlett and along that street to
Twenty-third, and then to Howard. Finding
the horse cars gone I took the Howard-street
cable cars, transferred to the horse cars, rode
to the cud of the line, walked to Fifteenth ave
nue and San Bruno road, got my horse and
rode to the ranch, arriving about 1:30 a. v.
Q.— Why did you rnn down Bartlett to
Twenty-third, when you could have saved a
block by going down Twenty-fourth? A.— l
don't know why I did it. I suppose it was be
cause I have always been in the habit of taking
the cars at the corner oi Twenty-third and How
ard. I did it unthinkingly, just the tame a<
when I went to mv brother^ stable to get the
This ended the Wolfe episode and Charles
A. Dnkes of Xorth Temescal and a student
at the Cooper Medical College was called to
tell what he knew about the movements of
Theodore Durrant. On Friday the 12th
inst. he met and spoke to him at" the ferries.
Their talk lasted about rive minutes and
it was all about their school work and
Dnrrant's trip to Mount Diablo with the
signal corps. Durrant told the witness
that he was waiting for some of his com
rades who were to go with him on the
C. W. Dodge of 825 Fourteenth street,
Oakland, also met Durrant at the ferries at
3p.M. on the 12th inst. The witness said:
He wanted to know if we had been to the
hospital, and I answered "Yes." He then
asked if we were goinir to college next day. I
acrtiir. said "Yes." and then he wanted to know
if we would fix him on the roll. I made no
-.-. and theu he said he was waiting for
some ith : :t- signal service corps
with whom he was going to Mount Diablo the
Q.— What do you mean by getting his name
nxci fii the roll? A.— Why. to have one of the
la name so that he would be
mark- ■- hile he wu really absent.
ij.— Was he marked absent"' A.— l think he
Q. — Was he over marked present when he
mi absent? A. -Yes, sir. It was either on
Friday, the sth inst., or the following Mondey.
He wbs marked present at Dr. Hirschfeldef's
clinic in the City cud County Hospital, when
be whs rtaliy absent. The ciinic lasted from
10:30 to 1 1 30 a. m.
Q.— Was ho present on the 12th inst. A. — I
don't know. I paid nn attention. I know ab
solutely nothing about ihe killing of >li«=
Charles A. Dukes, recalled, said that
| Durrant told them he could not be present
3* J S BA«RETT
SKETCHES AT THE INQUEST.
at school the next day, as he had to
start for Mount Diablo. " ''He asked me to
answer bia iiarsie,' 1 said the witness, ''and I
promised him that I would."
Q.— Did you 'answer ins name? A.— No, sir.
II »• wa* marked absent.
Q.— Was he ever marked present when he was
absent? A.— l understand that on a Friday or
a Monday two weeks ago he was marked p're^
ent when he was absent. I don't know of any
other occasion, but there may hare been
other times, as the same ihing has been done
for other bo; -.
Frances M. Willis, 2006 Howard street.
! was a-<> .1 ij r-he knew C. li. Morgan of
Alameda. Her answer was a decided "No."
Q.— Where were you on the afternoon of
Thursday, April 11 ? A.— To the best oi my rec
! ollection I was at my bone.
Q. — When were yon in Alameda last? A. — I
was thereon Monday, April 8, and I was there
■fain last Tuesday.
H.—Uo you know Theodore Durrant? A.—
Q.— Did you meet him in Alameda on Mon
; day, April B7 A.— l went over on the 2 o'clock
. the train I saw Mr. Durrant. He
spoke to me, and our conversation lasted until
1 left the train. He told me he had taken an
afternoon off from college to attend to some
4.— Do you know what that private business
i was? A— I do not, but aa he is a pretty good
■■ian, I thought it might have been that
: work he was attending to. We talked
kboata mutual friend and of the reception
to Dr. dibson. Durrant said the new
was an able man and thai the young
j people liked him very much.
In answer to a question the witness said
| she did not know Miss Williams and
only knew of Mi-r- Lauiont. '-Mr. Durrant
inquired very kindly about my father's
health and that finished our conversation,"
conclude I the witness.
Q— Where did Mr. Durrant get on the train?
j A.— At the Park-street station.
Dr. .1. s. Barrett, the autopsy physician,
dthat the death of M>.s Williams
om asphyxiation caused by the
•• rags into the throat* He
■"■and lacerated wounds on the wrist,
; three wounds on the bre?.st. two
. wounds on the forehead a little less
. than an inch in length. They were super- I
i tidal wounds and not serious. They I
\ were made before death. Of the wound's
on t! Ie pierced the heart, the
i second was superficial and the third pierced <
'id did not touch the heart.
iade after death. The one ;
that pierced the heart would have been in
fatal had Miss Williams been alive ]
iat ' ' '■■ < wounds on the wrists
nave been fatal if they had not been
attei ded to in time. This cutting was done
while the girl was alive.
j! re Durrant was the next
witness called. The prisoner stood ud, but
on the advice of his attorney refused to be
j sworn. The point was not pressed.
: .!. L McCormiek next
told ail about the finding of the girl's
body. He described the position in which
she lay, the blood-stains on the floor, and
identified the clothing of the deceased. He
I said thera was evidence of a struggle.
rona M;«s Wilft&ina' hair were
! strewn around, her bodice was torn open,
[and a gas-jet was broken. The blood on
trie wall u a s i n big clots, and looked as
| though it had been thrown there.
L. Mac Innis went to the scene of the
• rwith Deputy McCormiek, and his
; testimony was practically the same.
Charles J. Noble, 209 Twenty-first street,
but wirtn it was found that he
, is a Witness in the Lamout case Le was ex
| cused. That closed the taking of testi
' ni £u y f. 1 " 1 lne case was g iven to the jury.
The Coroner has set Thursday next at 9
a.m. as the time on which the inquest on
the remains of Blanche Lament will begin.
The jurors on the case are M. Estenbach,
205 Battery street; J. H. Newbauer, 320
Front; S. h. Newleia, 416 Front; V. J.
Fell, 404 Front; Joseph Sullivan, 308 i
Jront; H. M. Fortescue, 300 Front; H. !
Mohr, 213 Front; L. Harten, 21*5 Front; A.
Birdsey, 129 California; A. Florence, 116 '
Front; Charles Dillon, 104 Front.
THOUGHT IT A JOKE.
The Petition to Close Side
Entrances to Churches
The petition of Robert Briese, the saloon
keeper, who wanted all side entrances to
churches closed and louuges and the like
THE SAIST FRANCISCO CALL, SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 1895.
| removed from the tabernacles of the city,
| basing his petition on the double murder
,j in the Baptist Emmanuel Church, came up
for hearing before the Judiciary Commit
tee of the Supervisors at the City Hall yes
The language of the petition was in part
as follows :
In view of the heinous crimes committed in
a church in this city within the past few days,
! we, as pood and ord*r-loving citizens, would
i suggest to your honorable body that it is about
time to call a halt in the debasement of church
I : The remedy is, in our mind, that an ordi
! nance be passed closing and forbidding all side
and rear entrances to all church buildings in
this city and county and to have no partitions,
! separate rooms or bedrooms or bed lounges in
' any such church building, and no person but
j the authorized sexton or janitor of said church
| to have any key to any door or entrance to the
' ! said church, front, rear or side entrance, and
; lie, the said trustee or authorized person to be
| under the supervision of the police authorities
i at all times, who are enjoined to keep notices
1 of the fact of the opening and closing of said
i churches and for what purpose.
* And that the preaching of the gospel in the
city and county of San Francisco be made a
licensed vqca'tion, and no minister or preacher
receive a license unless he has a good and suf
ficient character or else the signature of twelve
good citizens, taxpayers and property-owners,
I to that effect.
It was declared that the petition was not
inspired by malice owing to the passage of
j the ordinance some time ago against the
j side-door entrances to saloons.
Robert Briese and his attorney, J. Stieg
litz, appeared before the committee and
urged that action in accordance with the
I prayer of the petition be taken. They se
! riously reiterated the language of the peti
| tion and then Chairman Diamond lectured
I the petitioners in a fatherly way.
"I had looked upon the "petition as hav
ing no serious basis," he said, "and am
surprised to find it seriously supported. It
i is ridiculous to think that because the law
holds in check a certain business for good
and logical reasons it should be sim
ilarly applied to any institution that has
been recognised as a great moral teacher
dv the whole civilized world."
Mr. Briese here explained that he was a
a saloon-keeper, doing business at 211
< irant avenue. He said that there were no
side entrances to his place, which was con
ducted upon a respectable basis. Attor
ney Stieglitz urged that all churches be
only allowed one entrance, like the old
Quaker meeting-houses. The petitioners
looked rather disconsolate as they left the
committee-room, and Supervisor Taylor
moved to have the petition consigned to
the wastebasket, while the following rec
ommendation was made to the Board of
Your committee was surprised to find that
the petitioner by himself. Briese, and his attor
ney, J. stitKiitz, appeared before your commit
tee and expressed the same views as set forth
in the petition. The petitioner is a saloon
keeper, and is evidently of the impression that
saloons from a moral standpoint are equal to
churcnes in inculcating lessons of morality.
That such a feeling should be entertained by
any of our citizens is somewhat astonishing,
and can only be accounted for in that either
the applicant in his youth was deprived of
those teachings which inculcate morality or
that in his intercourse with the world since
that time his feelings have become depraved
and he is much in need of reformation as
to his opinions in regard to morality and the
means by which the same can. be inculcated.
The members of the committee were
quite indignant at what Supervisor Taylor
declared to be a "cheeky joke" on the part
of the petitioners.
His Sworn Statement Concern
ing Them Seems Some
There are several peculiarities noticeable
in the statements of Elmer A. Wolfe as to
his movements after the party at Dr.
Vogel's house on the fatai Friday night,
and some discrepancies of iact which at
this time are particularly interesting. The
statement sworn to by him at the inquest
yesterday is practically as follows:
"I left Dr. Vogel's house at 11:30 o'clock
and, with five or six others, walked up
Howard street to Twenty-fourth. There
Durrant, Miss Lord and I turned and
walked along Twenty-fourth to the corner
of Capp, where we parted, Durrant
going along Twenty - fourth and Mix*
Lord and I turning down Capp street.
I left her at her home, 846 Capp
street, a few doors below Twenty-fourth.
Then I went down Capp street to Twentv
third and along that street to my room at
No. 6W. I changed my clothes "and went
to the stable at the corner of Twenty
fourth street and Orange alley for my
horse. As I reached the stable I recol
lected that I had left my horse at ihe dairy
depot, corner of Fifteenth avenue and the
San Bruno road. I turned and knowing I
was late ran to catch a Howard-street car.
I went to Bartlett street, then ran down
that street to Twenty-third and along that
to Howard. I caught the Howard-street car
expectinxto transfer to the horsecar out
the San Bruno road. I rode to the end of
the cable line at Twenty-fourth street and
Potrero avenue, where I found that the
last horsecar had gone. I walked to the
dairy depot and taking my horse rode to
the ranch.which I reached at 1:30 o'clock."
In some particulars Wolfe's story is cor
roborated. Miss Lord remembers leaving
Mr. Durrant at the corner of Twenty
fourth and Capp streets at a quarter to
12 o'clock. Mr. Taber, Wolfe's stepfather,
heard him enter the house at 630 Twenty
third street and leave it again. He says
Elmer was in the structure between ten
and fifteen minutes. Miss Lord says that
she chattea with Durrant before leaving
hiw for nearly rive minutes. They talked
about his sister in Germany and he gave
her his sister's letter to take home for her
mother to read.
There are only four outbonnd Howard
street cars which pass Twenty-third street
after midnight and only six which pass
that thoroughfare after 11:45 p. m., the
hour that Wolfe says he saw Durrant at
the corner of Twenty-fourth and Capp
streets. Their times for passing the cor
ner of Twenty-third and Howard streets
are 11:54V£ p. m., 12 m., 12:05^ a. m., 12:11
A. M., 12:Ki>< A. m. and 12:22 a. m.
As the last outbound car passes the cor
ner of Twenty-fourth and Howard streets
at 22 minutes past 12 o'clock, Wolfe
had just thirty-seven minutes in which to
accomplish all that he said he did after
seeing Durrant at 11 :45 o'clock.
According to his story he walked home
with Miss Lord and saw her safe inside,
then walked one block to Twenty-third
street, two and a half blocks to his home
and two blocks to the stable on Twenty
fourth street, a total of six and a half
blocks walked, and he did not hurry, be
cause he was under the impression that
his horse was in the Twenty-fourth-street
From the stable he ran half a block to
Bartlett, one block to Twenty-third and
three blocks to Howard street, "a total run
of four and a half blocks.
Miss Lord's story of the five-minute
chat with Durrant and Mr. Taber's testi
mony that Wolfe was in the house chang
ing his clothes for fifteen minutes elimin
ate twenty minutes from the thirty-seven
he had after seeing Durrant before the last
car passed. The net result is seven blocks
walked leisurely and four blocks run in
Car Dispatcher C. H. Randall, who is
in charge at the Tenth-street carhouse,
says that if Wolfe boarded a Howard-street
car bound out at the corner of Twenty
third street, he would have inevitably* been
noticed by the gripman or the conductor.
It is very seldom that any one boards an
out-bound car at that point, for the run
from there to the end of the line is a very
short one, occupying only six minutes.
The crews of the last six cars on the
night of the murder and the hours that
they passed Twenty-third street were: Grip
maii C. Hmnenberg and Conductor W. ii.
Bray, 11:54.30 p. m. ; Gripman O. W. Jen
sen "and Conductor C. O. Downing, 12 U. ;
Gripman J. M. Chase and Conductor E. R.
Lillis, 12 :05.30 a. m. ; Gripman T. W. Reed
an<i Conductor M. Pint her, 12:11 a.m.;
Gripmao L. M. Say and Conductor W. H.
Bradley, 12:16.30 a. m., and Gripman E.
Goodrich and Conductor B. Mevers
12:22 a. x.
All these gripmen and conductors are
positive that no one answering Wolfe's
description boarded their cars at the point
mentioned on the night of the murder.
Blanche Lamont's Remains
Interred at Dillon,
ANACON DA, Mont., April 19.— A special
to the Standard from Dillon, Mont., says:
The remains of Miss Blanche Lamont
arrived here this morning from San Fran
cisco on the northbound passenger train.
Miss Maude Lamont, a sister of the de
ceased, accompanied the remains. The
casket was taken in charge by a delegation
from the Masonic Lodge, who conveyed it
to the St. James Episcopal Church, where
the funeral services were neld atlO:3O a. m.
Rev. S. D. Hooker, the pastor of the
church, conducted the services and Rev.
\V. Hayes of the Presbyterian Church de
livered an eloquent sermon.
All the other ministers of the city were
present. It seemed as if all the people of
the two cities and the surrounding country
were present to do honor to the memory
of the departed youns lady. The edifice
could hoid but a small portion of the
mourners. There were tioral offerings in
profusion, the most conspicuous among
them being those of the Dillon Masonic
Lodge; Company E, Montana National
Guard, and a beautiful wreath from the
uri.lif.-tra of the Emmanuel Baptist Church
of Ban Francisco. The remains were in
tent-1 in Mountain View Cemetery with
the rites of the Episcopal church.
Miss Lamont's Uncle Has No
Doubt on the Subject— An
PORTLAND, Or., April 19.— Rev. Hugh
Lamont, pastor of the First Presbyterian
Chord) of Vancouver, Wash., and an uncle
of Blanche Lamont, the girl murdered in
Emmanuel Church at San Francisco, was in
the city this evening on the way home
from Olympia, where he has been visiting
his brother, who is also a minister. Mr.
Lamont has watched the case very closely
throughout and in speaking of it to
night said: "1 am under the impression
from the facts so far brought out that Dur
rant is guilty of the murder of Blanche, but
in the case of Minnie Williams. I
believe he had an accomplice. He used
ever}' effort to destroy all evidence of the
murder of Blanche, and in the secretion of
her clothing, while in Miss Williams' case
he mangled the body, and, I believe,
trusted to an accomplice to destroy the
evidence. Minnie Williams undoubtedly
had knowledge of the murder of Blanche,
and Durrant, knowing this, determined to
get her out of the way. Rlanche visited
my family while I was located at Missoula,
Mont., two years ago last summer. She
was a very independent, self-poised and
ambitious "girl, and was always perfect in
STORY OF A PURSE.
It, Was Lost by Miss Gertrude
Taber, Elmer Wolfe's
A sensational story has been circulated
about a purse supposed to have been
dropped by Elmer A. Wolfe on the San
Bruno road. An attempt was made to
show that Wolfe was connected with the
murder of Minnie William?'. The fact is
that three week? ago to-day Miss Gertrude
Tabor, half-sister of Elmer Wolfe, while on
her way from Guadaloupe Dairy to this city
lost her purse, which contained about $4
and some cards on which were addresses.
This purse was found by a man who spent
the money and then made known his dis
covery to an acquaintance. The police
have given the matter only enough con
sideration to ascertain that it has no bear
ing on the murder cases.
The man who found Miss Tuber's purse
and gave it to the chief engineer of the
Chronicle has been taken into custody
(placed on small book) under suspicion of
having robbed a hatstore on Fourth or
HE SAW LIGHT.
Richard Stanton Passed the
Church Last Friday Night
Richard Stanton, who lives fh one of the
houses adjoining the church, says that he
passed the building at 10:30 o'clock last
Friday nip;ht and saw a light in the build
ing. At that hour, it will be remembered,
Durrant was at Dr. Vogel's. Stanton fur
ther says that on the same night a woman,
whose name he does not know, saw a light
in the belfry.
Stanton says that people passed in and
out of that church at all aours of the night
and the fact was notorious in the neighbor
After They Leave Him He Goes
to Sleep Without Any
Durrant spent a quiet afternoon and
evening in jail yesterday, though he re
ceived a large number of friends who came
to console him. General John H. Dickin
son, Durrant's leading attorney, called at 3
o'clock in the afternoon and spent an hour
in close conversation. Shortly after 4
o'clock Mrs. Durrant and a young lady
friend called and were warmly welcomed.
Durrant, his mother and the young lady
were all in good spirits. They chatted as
merrily as if Durrant was only in a hos
pital suffering from some slight complaint
instead of being in a secure cell charged
Mrs. Durrant stayed about an hour with
her son and cheered # him up greatly. Dur
rant, notwithstanding his nightmares,
seems to have no trouble in getting to
sleep easily. He lay down at 10 o'clock
last evening and immediately went to
IS IT HIS HAIR?
Dr. Samuels Wants a Speci
men From Durrant's Head
Dr. Samuels, to whom the police gave
the hair taken from Blanche Laniont's
waist for examination, is patiently waiting
for the police to give him a lock from
Durrant's head. He wants to compare it
with that found on the waist.
Dr. Samuels made another microscopi
cal examination of the hair yesterday,
which, it will be remembered, was taken
from the right sleeve and the bodice of
the garment. There were eight black
horse-hairs about seven inches long,
several hairs from the dead girl's head
and ten short hairs. The short hairs were
apparently dark brown, but when held
between the eye and a strong light they
were yellow brown or tawny. The
niicroscopist says the police have searched
Durrant's head" for stray hairs and have
found none. For some reason unknown
to him they refuse to clip the suspect's
SHE IS CONFIDENT.
Mrs. Durrant Says Evidence
for Her Son Has Been
Mrs. Durrant, the prisoner's mother,
bears up well under the strain and ap
peared more hopeful last night than^she
had been at any time since the arrest of
"I have received good news to-day," she
said. "New evidence has been found
which will undoubtedly clear Theodore. It
is in the hands of his attorney, and, of
course, I do not feel at liberty to give it
out at this time. No, there is'no truth in
the report that a young man and woman
have come forward declaring that they
were the couple seen entering the church
by Mr. Hills."
AS TO HYPNOTISM.
Experts Say It Played No
Part in the Double
The question has been asked how Dur
rant could induce Miss Minnie Williams,
who according to the sworn testimony at
the inquest had but scant confidence in
him, to enter with him at night the Em
A theory that he hypnotized her has
been advanced to cover this point, but it
seems untenable. Dr. A. Abrams of 431
Geary street, who is connected with the
Cooper Institute, has searched deeply into
the science of hypnotic suggestion and
written several treatises on the subject.
He says: y?.M
"The theory that Durrant or any other
man hypnotized the girl, or either of
them, to maße them willing to enter the
church is particularly weak. The suc
cessful hypnotism of a subject depends
not 60 much on the hypnotiseur as upon
the person subjected to his influence. • It
is not so much a power in an individual as
the result of a concentrated mental effort
I to receive a suggestion on the part of the
j subject. Hence the use of the" term hyp
-1 notic suggestion in medical practice in
I preference to hypnotism.
"Under the circumstances it is practi
i cally impossible that Durrant should have
j hypnotized those girls. For any one to
1 easily hypnotize a person it is necessary
! that such person had been the object of
| former repeated and successive hypnotisms
I by. the. same hypnotiseur. No one even
! after such repeated experiences can be hyp
\ notized against his or her will, even under
; the most favorable conditions, and that
i those girls should have been hypnotized
i while walking along the street is prepos
In this connection it mteht be asked
why, if Durrant had the girls under hyp
notic influence, were the murders neces
sary? . .
Several physicians yesterday examined
the blood on the walls and ; floor of the
room in which Minnie Williams was mur
dered and decided that the fiend wielded
his knife after her life was extinct. Among
these physicians were Coroner. Hawkins
and ex-Coroner Hughes.
To the Editor of the Call— Sib: In the
name of fair play I beg leave to protest
against the action and attitude of the press
of this city toward Theodore Durrant, ac
cused of having murdered Miss Lamont
and Miss Williams.; ".
; Americans— at least the remnant of them
that is left — believe and constantly assert
that a love of fair play is a national char
acteristic, and I think it is in the long run
not untrue of the remnant. But the
fierce, vindictive, unrelenting attacks of
j the newspapers on the accused, in advance
of his trial and conviction by established
; procedure, go far to give the lie to the na
| tional boast.
Every circumstance of suspicion against
I Durrant is unduly emphasized, and the
i few shreds of evidence that might make in
! his favor even his virtues of sobriety and
apparent fortitude— are brushed aside or
wrested to his undoing. It is quite true
that many circumstances point strongly to
his guilt, but so far as the facts have been
made public there are several essential
links lacking in the case of the prosecu
tion. Until these are supplied the case of
the people on circumstantial evidence is
incomplete and a conviction would not be
warranted.. It is unnecessary to recall
here the not infrequent cases where inno
cent men have been enmeshed, in a net of
apparently incriminating circumstances
and convicted by the clamor of the crowd
* Let Durrant be prosecuted by the ma
chinery and the officers of the law with all
possible vigor, and if found guilty let him
be hanged and damned without benefit of
'clergy, out if he has a defense, let it be
heard, and not drowned by this sinister
cry for his blood. I have not the remotest
interest in Durrant or his case, but I have
in the fairness and dignity of the press and
the people of this city. As it is, the papers
are giving the accused no show for his life;
they are i pre-empting jj and saturating the
minds of the men who must determine the
question of .hi. guilt by rousing their pas
sions with dramatic • presentation of farts
: and rumors and ; opinions, with ensnaring
analysis and cunning theories in support
of the assumption of his guilt, such as the
average juror will be unable to resist, and
which will bar; a fair and * impartial trial.
Another danger attending such journalism
is that it may overleap itself -" and defeat
the conviction -of a * guilty man. , On any
ground it is to be deprecated, and I think
a new word should be coined to designate
and reprobate it. and I venture to suggest
■•pressecution"as fitting and expressive,
"i ours sincerely, E. C. C.
April 17, 1895. .'..'... .
; t Tip. for the Detectives.
To the Call— Dear Sir: I venture this brief
suggestion or analysis: That Durrant killed
Ware, the drug clerk: that Blanche Lamont
was with him at that lonely hour; that Blanche
made a confidant of Miss Williams and that
Durrant thought by getting rid of the two he
would smother all evidence to his crime.
A. B. Elder.
West Side, Santa Clara County, April 18, 1395.
SIE KNIGHTS TEMPLAR.
They Conclude Their Session With
the Installation of the New
All business of the Grand Commandery
of Knights Templar was concluded yester
day afternoon with the installation of the
newly elected and appointed officers, as
Grand commander, Sir Edward Spaulding
Lippitt of Petaluma; deputy grand com
mander, Sir Trowbridge Hyer Ward of Los
Angeles; grand generalissimo, Sir George Dick
sou Metcatf of Oakland; grand captain-gen
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grand prelate, Bir Charles Stone of Marysville;
grand senior warden, Sir Robert Hard Blossom
of Red Bluff; grand junior warden, Sir John
Garwood of Stockton; grand treasurer, Sir i
Franklin Henry Day of San Francisco; grand j
recorder, Sir Thomas Hubbard Casswell; !
grand standard bearer. Sir Frederick Marvi'.i
Stiller of Fresno; grand sword bearer, Sir !
George Butterfield MeKoe of San Jose: grand
warder, Sir Florin Leslie Jones of Pasadena;
grand organist, Sir Samuel Davis Mayer of San
Francisco; grand captain of the euards, Sir
James Oglesby of San Francisco.
The standing committees appointed are
Committee on Jurisprudence — Sir William
Caldwell Belcher, Sir Niles Searls, Sir William
Committee on Finance and Accounts — Sir
Joseph Miller Lttchfield, Sir William Frank
Pierce, Sir Franklin Dalton.
Committee on Correspondence— Sir William
Abraham Davies, Sir Josepher Wheeler Cook,
Sir Allen Bosley Lemmon.
On Thursday evening Golden Gate Com
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evening California Commandery Xo. 1
conferred the order of the Temple.
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at the Young Men's Christian Association !
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the association. The stage was given a j
novel effect with colored lights, in which !
the young ladies, as they gave exhibitions, !
looked quite beautiful.
Six young women, dressed in dark blue
bloomers and loose white blouses, swung j
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They were: Mrs. C. M. Shaffer. Miss Lucy I
Brace, Miss C. E. Stubbs, Miss Lake Ham
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The young men's class gave a very cred
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Murray, Charles Barney, Fred L. Shaw,
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In addition to this part of the pro
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Clarke.a whistling solo by Miss'C. E.Stubos,
a vocal solo by MissLitta Cameron, a read
ing from Lytton by Mi^s Yida White, club
swinging by Miss Amanda Schenck. a cor
net duet by Masters Kallender and Worth,
and a vocal trio by Messrs. Rosenberg, j
Hulz and Anderson. The Mandolin Club, |
with Lucien Mojica as leader, played two
overtures that were appreciated.
The St. George Lighthouse.
An order has been received by the local i
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Washington to increase the time of the silent \
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Arraigned for Murder.
Charles Inman, aliaa Charles S. Rice, was ar
raigned in Judge Wallace's court yesterday for
the murder of Ida Zimmerman, alias Cora In
man. His plea was not guilty.
Inman and the woman were employed in a
variety dive, at Geary street and Grant avenue.
On the night of me crime, several weeks ago,
she went to her room on Broadway, near
Stockton street. Inman, who had been drink
ing heavily, followed hi- r there, and shortly
afterward she was found with her throat cut
by a razor. Inman told some of the people
he had killed his wife and he was promptly ar
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