This section is from the book "Popular Law Library Vol7 Equity Jurisprudence, Trusts, Equity Pleading", by Albert H. Putney. Also available from Amazon: Popular Law-Dictionary.
Formerly the sustaining of a demurrer resulted in a final determination of the suit in favor of the defendant. A more liberal rule is allowed to-day in such cases, and the plaintiff will be allowed to amend his bill unless it is evident that the demurrer went to the very basis of the suit, and that no good bill could be framed on the plaintiff's cause of action.
When a demurrer is overruled the correct practice is to enter an order for the defendant to answer, and upon his failure to do so to take the bill as confessed.