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|Article Title||Durrant's Story|
'DURRHNT'SSTORY He Tells it Upon the Witness Wit-ness Stand. DENIES SPECIFICALLY. - Belief That Durraut's Testimony Has Streneihened His Oase Materially His Demeanor "Was Cool and He ImpresBGB Hib Hearers as Beincr Truthful. San Francisco, Oct. 9. Theodore Durrant, assistant superintendent ot Emanuel Baptist church Sunday school, was placed on the stand today for the purpose of convincing the jury selected to try him that he didnotmuider Blanche Lamont in the belfry of the church on the 3rd of April last. With the same C"olneE3 that has characterizes character-izes his conduct since hia arrest, he denied the principal allegations that have been made againBt him by the most important witnesses for the prosecution. prose-cution. His answers were always brief and to the point, and by many were interpreted to mean that he had studied hiB part well before taking the stand. Only once during the course of the direct examination did he chow any nervousness or hesitancy. "When Mr. Dickinson asked him if he took notes at Dr. Cheney's lecture on the afternoon of April 3d, he cast his eyes toward the floor and for a moment mo-ment was silent, He replied tbat he had taken notes but that they were very brief, The hesistancy of the prisoner may be understood when it is explained that GilbertT Graham, one ot Durranfc's most .intimate friends' will testily that Durrant asked to bor row hfs note3 ot the lecture. When the request was made, Dun ant explained ex-plained that he only needed the notes rn PHtnhliRh a cood alibi. Graham re fused the request. Taken altogether, Durrani's direct testimony, which ended at 3 o'clok, when the cross-examination began, probably had a tendency to strengthen hiB case. His demeanor while on tlie witness stand was certainly intended to impress the jury with the opinion that he was telling the ttuth. Questions Ques-tions that wou'd ordiuaiily cause a visible impression upon a guilty man were answered by Durr.tnt with the Utmost unconcreu. Even when Attorney Attor-ney Deupiey asked him if ou the thiid of April or at any other time he muid-ered muid-ered or participated in murdeiing Blanche Lamont. the prisoner cooly replied re-plied in the negutive. A significant feature of the testimony testi-mony was the tact that while Durrant was telling of several incidents that took place at a prayer meeting held on the evening of april 3 J, Mrs. C. G. Noble, Blanche Lamout's aunt, shook ber head several times as if to indicate indi-cate that the statements made by the prisoner of which she had positive knowledge, were not correct. Durrant did not look at Mis. Xoble while he was testifying. The purpose of the defense to curtail cur-tail cross-examination as much as possible, pos-sible, was shown when District Attorney At-torney Barnes asked the first question. Durrant was asked if he was not oorn at Toronto, Canada, on April 24, 1S71, Attorney Dnprey objected to the question. ques-tion. He said that Durrant could haye no positive knowledge on the subject, and any belief that he muzht have would be based on hearsay. The court overruled the objection, and the prisoner pris-oner gave anarhimalhe answer. Several Sev-eral other equally unimportant queB-tinnn queB-tinnn wkre nnieeted to bv the defense. The objections in most cases were overruled. It was the original intention of the defense to recall Charles Lenahan this morning and have him tell more about the occasion upon which he tried to pawn a nnc at Oppenheim's ehop, Lenahan contradicted himself so many times yesterday that doubt was caBt upon his testimony, and this morning he did not respond to his name when called in court. An attachment was made out lor Lenahan, and when he was found an hour later, he was placed in tno charge of the sheritl in order that he might be found when needed. In the meantime, however. Duriant was called to the Btand. The examination of Durrant was be gun with questions relative to his age and his early life in this ctty. Cuming down to the day w hen Blanche I amout was murdered the prisoner was asked to relatn his movements from the time ho left home in the morning until he returned at night. He sid he met Miss L.imout on her way to scuool ami tode with her on a Btreet car until he reached Cooper Medhjal college. He said lie remained at the college until 10 o'clock when he and another student named Rosa went for a walk. When he returned re-turned au hour later, he went to the library, where he was tngagedinhis studies until noon. Then he went to luncheon with a student, named Din-i Din-i s and returned at 1 o'clock. After mutheon Dmrnt remained in the Ub-iu.T Ub-iu.T until 330 o'clock, when he attended at-tended Dr. Cheney's Jecture. He said i.e as present at the roll call at tht close of the lecture and answered to bis own neme. At the clote of the lecture Duirant said he boarded a street car and rode to Emanuel church for the purpose ol repairing the Eun burners. He denied de-nied that he was accompanied by Blanche Lamont or anybody else. Upon entering the church he said he left hi3 coat and vest in the library, obtained ob-tained the necessary tools and ascended as-cended to the gallery. A blackboard ws provided and Durrant drew 4 rude sketch of the church and its tall Bpire to illustrate the manner in hicn he made the repairs. He said to make the repairs it was necessary tor him to lie at full length on a plank with his head much lower than his feet. While in this position he said he inhaled so much gas tbat he was made ill To illustrate the manner in which gas escaped, Durrant took a burner and descending to the jury box explained the construction of the burner to the jury. After repairing the burner, Durrant said he descended to the auditorium, where he found George King playing on the organ. King remarked that Durrant looked pale. Durrant replied that King would be in the same condition con-dition if he bad been nearly overcome by escaping gas. At Durrant's request, King bought Borne .bromo-seltzer, which the prisoner drank. The medicine medi-cine made him feel better, and at 6 o 'clack Durrant lelt the church in company com-pany with King. He went out of his way two blocks to converse with King, after which they separated and Durrant Dur-rant went home to dinner. Durrant said he felt ill and ate but little. In the evening he went to prayer meeting at Emanuel church. He saw Mrs. Noble and asked her if Blanche was coming to prayer meetiue. Mrs. .Noble replied that she did not believe her niece would be present. He related a number of ether incidents in connection with his conversation with Mrs, Noble, who evidently dia not endorse his statements, state-ments, from the fact that she shook her bead several times. At the clote of the seivice Durrant said he went home and retired. Durrant denied that en the afternoon of April 3rd he was at the corner of Powell and Clay streets as testified to by Mrs. Yogel. He also denied de-nied the statement of the three school girls who testified that Durrant and Blanche Lamont boarded a Powell street car Pt Clay street and rode toward to-ward Market street. He said he did not ride on a west bound Valencia street car with Blanche Lamont montaB testified to by Mrs. Orossett. He said ho was never in Oppenheim's pawn shop. "Did you upon Annl 3, in San Francisco Fran-cisco or elsewhere," asked Attorney Duprey, 'inflict any violence upon Blaucne Lamont, or did you feill or participate in killing hei?" Durrant replied that he did not, and the direct examination was at an end. The cross-examination, which lasted only an hour before court took a recess until tomorrow, was confined to questions ques-tions relative to the life of Durrant prior to April 3.