Buzzards Bay, Aug. 25. - Announcement was made by President Cleveland at Gray Gables Monday night of the appointment of David R. Francis, ex-governor of Missouri, as secretary of the interior, vice Hoke Smith, who recently resigned the secretaryship because of his financial views. Mr. Francis will probably assume office on Sept. 1, as that is the date named in Secretary Smith's resignation. President Cleveland and ex-Governor Francis have long been close personal friends, and it is an open secret that when the president made up his eabinet he was anxious to have him in it. He would have made him one of his official family had it not been for the bitter bpposition of Charles H. Jones, Hary Salmón and other influential Missouri politicians, who secured and forwarded to Mr. Cleveland a monster petition protesting against the selection of Mr. Francis. But times have changed since then, and the opposition of these men has been the ex-governer's highest recommendation in the eyes of the president.