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Clevelandism Will Give
Way to an American
Cornelius N. Bliss Accepts the
Portfolio of Secretary of
i the Interior.
Makes a Formal Call, and Is in Turn
Called Upon by the
WASHINGTON. D. C, March 3.-The
President-elect passed a very active day
He received a large number of callers,
made a format risk at the White House
and took dinner to-night with Colonel
John Hay.
Major McKinley's most important call
ers, from a political point of view, this
morning were Messrs. Platt, Bliss and
Banna. Mr. Hanna and Mr. Bliss met at
breakfast ana had a long talk about the
New York situation. Mr. Bliss, who had
steadily and stouily declined up to that
time to reconsider his determination not
to become a member of the ■ Cabinet,
finally agreed to do so and authorized Mr.
Ha:i;ia to say to Major McKinley that
Mr. Bliss would accept the position of
■ Secretary of the Interior if it were offered
• ' to him.
Mr. .Hanna went over to the Ebbitt
House at once and in a short lime Mr.
. Bliss was summoned, and a few moments
later Mr. Plutt. A full, frank discussion i
lolloped, and then Mr. Bliss was offered a |
. portfolio in the Cabinet of Major McKin
ley.- .He will be Secretary of the Interior
unless Governor John .D. /Long, of ;
t !£«<•«;• Inisffilli "•'a&'tniJd'rmdiviite a willing
ness to take that place, and if he does Mr.*
Bliss will probably be Secretary of ' the
,-. Navy.
i " Mr. Platt and Mr. Bliss understand each
pt'her thoroughly, and it is said they will
■ be jointly consulted about all important
•New. York appointments. Tiie Republi
- can lenders here express great satisfaction
over the appointment of Mr. Bliss. J-.v
, At 11 clock the Presiden .-elect diove
up 'to the White House in the rain
to. make the customary formal. call. Quite
a crowd had collected near tho portico in
■anticipation of his arrival, and hats were i
' removed with a slicht cheer when he j
alighted. Mr. McKinley acknowledged I
the ovation by smilingly lifting his hat
• and nodding to the assemblage and then
quickly walked into the main corridor, ;
whence he was at once ushered through I
the crcat stained-glass screen to the blue '
'. room, .where President Cleveland and Sec
. retary Thurber stood expectantly. •
The hand-grasp of the retiring chief ex
.' BC*utive was noticeably cordial in greeting
his successor. Within two minutes after
his entry the President-elect and those
■accompanying him drove away.
■ 'It lacked three minutes of the noon
hour when President Cleveland left the j
'White House to return his succes- j
The San Francisco Call
The Man of Depression and Disaster Gives Way to the Advance Agent of Prosperity*
sor's call. The big state carriage
of the President, closed to suit the con
dition of tne weather, waited under a
portico for Mr. Cleveland's appearance,
while about a hundred people, held in
check by tbe policemen on duty at the
mansion, hovered near to see tne retiring
The President and his secretary, Mr.
Thurber, soon made their appearance
through the glass doors separating the
public lobby from the private apartments
of the White House family. When the
well-Known figure of the chief executive
was seen by the many visitors inspecting
the ea3t room a rush was made by them
in his direction, but the guards pre
vented Mr. Cleveland's progress from bo
ing interrupted. The President walked
with a perceptible lameness, consequent
on his attack of rheumatism, but made
rather rapid progress through the lobby
and across the portico to the waiting car
riaue. When Mr. Cleveland and Mr.
Tburber bad entered the door was
slammed by a policeman and the carriage
started off to the Ebbitt House. Com
paratively few people saw the President
alight, but while he was paying his duty
call the news spread around the hotel
tiint he was. there.
Major McKinley received President
Cleveland in the reception-room of his
apartments. With him was his secretary,
Mr. John Addison Porter, who extended
greetings to Secretary Thurber.
Tbe well-known figure and livery of
Breckett, the White House coaenman,
bad given the cue to others that Mr. Cleve
land was at tbe Ebbitt, and when the
President stepped from tbe elevater he
found a crowd of a couple of hundred
people assembled around the entnance of
tbe hotel. As be walkel through the lane
of humanity a round of hand-clappine
greeted him, and Mr. Cleveland responded
by taking off his bat. Then be and Mr.
Thurber were whirled off to the White
House, .where they ran tbe gauntlet of a
larger crowd.
During the short absence of tlie Presi
dent admission to the mansion had been
suspended, and as a consequence quite a
fair assemblage was awaitins his return —
more anxious, however, to see the retiring
President than to :et a glimpse of the
interior of his official home. They watched
him eagerly as he walued across the por
tico and Jobby and passed through the
glass doors.
Tben tbe entrance was thrown open
again and the President disappeared from
public view.
In tbe afternoon tbe Charles L. Kurtz
Republican Club of Columbus, Ohio, a
handsomely uniformed political organiza
tion, accompanied by the Columbus Glee
Club, serenaded Major and Mrs. McKinley.
The President-elect and bis wife came out
on the balcony to acknowledge the salute.
Mrs; McKinley was slightly indisposed
early in the afternoon, but. later took a
drive for an hour and a half with three of
her friends. This evening she was quite
in her usual healtb.
Among Major McKlnley'a callers this
afternoon were: Colonel J. J. McCook,
Senator-elect Fairbanks of Ind ana, John
E. Milbollaml, Congressman C. P. Taft of
Cincinnati, Vice- President Stevenston,
Henry Clay Evans and General H. F. De
vol of Kansas City. Late in the evening
the A. C. Hamer Club of Philadelphia ser
enad?d the President-elect.
John Hay, who is understood to be
slated for the position of Embassador to
tbe Court of St. James, gave an elaborate
dinner to-night in honor of the President
t Vontinued on Third Page.
The Supreme Court Decided
Against Durrant
He Is Now Preparing a Separate
Decision, to Ba Handed
Down Soon.
WILL appeal TO the FEDERAL
*; courts.
Justice McFar!and's Views— The Pris
oner Re.'uses to Ste Reporters.
The Grieved Parents.
"We find no errors In the whole cave
which would substantially prejudice the
rights of the defendant." '. ;^v' '
Only one sentence, stior*. and worded so
as to be easy of comprehension by a child,
yet it sealed the fate of W. H. T. Durrant
and marked him as with the brand of
Cain for the gallows.
At last the revolving wheats of jus
tice have done their work and' by the final
decision of the Supreme Court of the State
of California the murderer of . Blanche
Lamont and Minnie Williams will meet
his deserts. • -■-
As soon as the decision left the hands of
the Supreme Court Justices, about 4 p. M.
yesterday, the news was telephoned . to
Chief Jailer Satier at the County JaiL .
Proceeding to the cell of the doomed man
be informed Durrant of the decision
reached. _. . f, '„
"What is that? Who said so?" asked i
the prisoner eagerly, for a moment drop
ping that habitual air of ' coolness anil .
bravado which has distinguished ' him as
one of the most remarkable .'criminals jj of
the century. •' J --« ,: — ■■-.■"''■ - ' . ' ■ :^
--"Sailer informed him that ttie new? ha-1
just been received from the clerk's office
of the S; pi cm 3 Court, and that there
could be no doubt as to its authenticity.
In spite of this Durrant was loth to be
lieve that the court had decided against
him. .
When he came to realize its truth, ha
made the request that no reporters be ad
mitted to interview him. To this resolve
he firmly adhered, and refused to hold
any conversation at all with press repre
sentatives. , ''^
The decision was signed by all the court
except Chief Justice Beatty. When the
Chief Justice was questioned in regard to
bis refusing to sign the decision, he said:
"I canno t state why I refused to do so, .
for the reason ■ that I am at work on a
separate opinion, now nearly finished. I
do not care to say whether it concurs or
not. However, as the majority of tha
court was in favor of denying the judg
ment and appeal, there was no use in my
delaying matters." '
Justice McFarland wrote a short con«
curring opinion, although he had already
signed the principal decision. He said it
would have baen more satisfactory if the
trial had been held where the force of
public opinion was not so strong. The
main decision was written by Justice
The trial of Durrant for the murder of
Blenche Lamont was one of the most
famous criminal cases in the history of "
the country and consumed many months.
He is also accused of the murder of Mm- •
nic Williams, both occurring in tha
Emmanuel Baptist Church of this City. t
Every effort possible was made to sara
the accused murderer by his counsel,
Eugene Deuprey and John H. Dickinson,
but the skein of evidence was too com
plete and woven in too strong and skillful
a manner by the District Attorney.
The case was tried before Judge D. J.
Murphy,, whose ; rulings on technical
points were so just that the Supreme Court
could find no flaw. JUurrant was convicted
and a petition for a new trial was denied.
Counsel for Durrant took an appeal from
both the judgment and denial of a new
trial. Altuough the public has in great
measure paid little attention to the case of
late owing .to the great lapse of time it
has engrossed the attention of the court
in bank for two weeks. The consideration
of the arguments presented crystallized in
yesterday's decision.
The decision in full is as follows: .
tin Bank.]
People of the ?tat£: ok California, 1
Plaintiff and Respondent, I Crim
VS V J-' 1 * 1 "'
W. H. T. Durrant, I * ft 19 °*
Deienoani and Appellant, J
The defendant, convicted of the murder of
Blanche Lament, prosecutes these appeals
•from the judgment and the order denying
him anew trial. .
Reviewing the specifications of error in
their natural sequence rather than in tha
order of their presentation ' in argument, tha
first which invite attention are, defendant's
challenges to the panel."' He- claimed that the
list of trial jurors had not been selected or re
turned as required by sections 20-1-209 of the
Code of Civil Procedure. In support of this
claim he offered the record of the proceedings
of the Jndues.of the Superior Court in, the
matter. This record, kept by the secretary of
the Judges, was incomplete. Under direction ■■
of the presiding Judge the secretary amended
his record, and as amended his minutes
showed a compliance with the law. The pre
si ing Judge likewise testified to the facts at
tending the selection and listing of the trial
jurors, from which it eared that tno pro
ctedines or the Judges were due and regular.
Defendant's claim that : the original ; minutes
of the secretary! were the sole evidence admis
sible upon the question-. cannot be sustained.
It was the inherent right of the court to cor
rect 1 its records to : make . them comport
with verity. (Kaufman v. Shain,; lll Cal.,
16 )- The secretary's minutes are now made
exclusive evidence of < the proceedings they
undertake to record. :It was the duty of the
trial Judge to determine the facts, and no bet- ,
ter evidence; could have been offered than .
that of the presiding Jud^e himself, an actor
in and creator of them. /
- Tue further objection that the Judges failed

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