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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 19, 1913, Image 4

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Riordan was not to blame,
"And wasn't it Mr. Rau, the
foreman for Mr. Riordan, who
first notified you of the fire?" the
lawyer asked, when he had failed
in that.
"No," she said, "it was Joe, the
razor strop maker."
Albert Schwarz, 2024 Park
avenue, was the next witness.
"I was on the first floor," he
said. "Soon as I knew there was
fire I went upstairs to help get
the girls out. When I got to the
top floor the room was full of
smoke. I couldn't see anything. I
would have eone down the stair-
way again, but the smoke was too
thick. Everybody seemed to be
gone. So I went through the
window I found broken."
Curran tried to get Schwarz to
say that there was less smoke in
the front stairway than in the
rear one. Schwarz said there was
MORE.
Fireman William Firnhaber of
Engine Company No. 26 was the
next to testify.
"We found the body of Miss
Imroth just inside the door to
what they call the shipping
room," he said. "The door opened
inward. She was back of the door.
We couldn't open it more than
two feet because of the body. We
didn't discover her until we had
been there three-quarters of an
hour. The smoke was so thick we
couldn't see anything. I think she
was dead when we picked her up.
She couldn't have lived in that
smoke.
"The Riordan building was
one of those buildings construct-
ed to evade the law. There was
more of the basement above
street level than below. It was a
three-story building with the first
floor a little below the street level
so thev would rail it two stories
and a basement." W)n
Frank Finnerty and another -
,fireman of Hook and Ladder Co.
No. 7 gae much the same testi
mony. Frank Neuneubel, secretary
and treasurer of the Riordan
company, swore that he told the
fireroen there was a woman in the
burning building. Neuneubel in
timated the firemen did not get
busy rescuing the girl. He quit
when Attorney Trude, for the
Imroths, hinted that if there had
been a girl's life to be saved Neu
neubel had as good a chance as
the firemen to be heroic.
W. J. Bell, Title and Trust
building, was named as agent for
the Riordan building and the
leases were signed by Mrs. W. J.
Bell and a Mr. Palmer, whose ini
tials Neuneubel said he did not
know.
The jury was not out long. Its
verdict said that Anna Imroth
had come to her death by suffoca
tion, and that if the doors in the
Riordan factorv had ooened out
ward, as in accordance with the )
law, her hie might have been
saved. The last paragraph of the
verdict read:
"Further, the jury is of the
opinion that the owners and les
sees of the said building should
have provided a free means of es
cape from the building in case of
fire or other impending-like dan-

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