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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 22, 1913, Image 1

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WE THINK MORE OF CHILDREN, WOMEN AND
MEN THAN OF BEEF, PORK AND MUTTON
THE DAY BOOK
N. D. Cocnran,
Editor and Publisher.
398
500 South Peoria St.
TeL Monroe 353.
VOL.2,NQ.124 Chicago, Saturday, Feb. 22, 1913 ONE CENT
STATE FACTORY INSPECTOR SAYS FIRE LAWS
ARE JOKE AND CANNOT BE ENFORCED
Admits Other Such Tragedies as Burning to Death of
Anna Imroth May Be Looked For His Depart
ment Tied Hand and Foot by Lack of Men.
The laws passed by the people
of Illinois for the protection from
fire of those who work in factories
and the like are jokes.
The laws are perfectly good
iaws, but as things are just now
they are not and cannot be en
forced. The Day Book's authority for
these statements is Barney
Cohen, first deputy state factory
inspector, charged with the en
forcement of these laws.
Ever since Anna Imroth was
burned to death in the Riordan
factory fire The Day Book has
been making an earnest effort to
find out how that factory was al
lowed to. disregard the fire laws.
For there is a state law which
says that factory doors shall open
outward, so that in case of fire
employes shall have a better
cbance of escape. The act calls
on the state- factory inspector to
enforce the law.
And it was trapped behind an
inward-opening door that Anna
Imroth went to her death in the
Riordan fire.
On the demand of The Day
Book a representative of the state
factory inspector's office was
called upon to attend the Imroth
inquest.
The department chose to send,
not an inspector, but Charles J.
Herman, its attorney. In reply to
a question from Deputy Coroner
Sam Davis, Herman said:
"You understand, Mr. Coroner,
that our department is not inter
ested in this case."
This curious indifference of the
department to its duty aroused
Davis and he compelled Herman
to read the state law riiaking it
the 'duty of the state factory in
spector to see that factory doorj
open, out ward,

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