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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 22, 1913, Image 2

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Whereupon the coroner's jury
returned a verdict, part of which
read:
"This case should call to the of
ficials responsible for the inspec
tion of like buildings their imme
diate attention with a view to
avoiding a like occurrence in the
future."
The sense of this seems plain
enough. With the evidence pre
sented at the inquest, it means
that the coroner's jury wanted
the state factory inspector to do
his duty immediately and see that
no such conditions as caused the
death of Anna Imroth should be
permitted longer to exist in other
Chicago factories.
So The Day Book set to work
to find out if the state factory
inspector had ordered that this be
done.
It had some trouble in finding
out. State Factory Inspector Ed
gar T. Davies has beeri traveling
around the state for a week just
where his office does not know.
Deputy State Factory Inspector
Barney Cohen wasn't easy to find
until yesterday. City Buifding
Commissioner Henry Ericsson is
in Texas for his heatlh.
Yesterday, however, Cohen
was found by a Day Book re
porter, and asked what the de
partment had done in regard to
the recommendation of the cor
oner's jury in the Imroth case.
"We have not received any in
formation," said Cohen, "about a
verdict in the Imroth .... Oh,
that's the case where that "girl
was burned to death out at Kin-.
fcie and Robey streets, isn't it?" J
"It is," said the reporter.
"I remember now," said Cohen.
"Mr. Herman, attorney for our
department, represented us at the
inquest."
"Did Attorney Herman report
to you on the verdict in- that
cise?" asked the reporter.
"He wrote a letter," said Cohen.
''Here it is."
(The letter said that Herman
had attended the inquest and that
Anna Imroth's death was caused
by suffocation from smoke and
fire. It said nothing of the rec
ommendation of the jury that the
respousible officials get busy to
prevent like tragedies. It said
nothing of the clause in the ver
dict which read : "The jury is of
the opinion that had the door be
hind which the deceased's body
was found lying dead opened out
wardly instead of inwardly, the
life of the deceased might have
been saved.")
"Did Attorney Herman say
anything to you about the ver
dict m the case?" asked the re
porter, after he had read the let
ter.
"No,." said Cohen. "This let
ter is his only report."
"Attorney Herman went there
as the representative of your de
partment?" asked the reporter.
"Yes."
"And he failed to inform you
whether or not your department
was named by the coroner's jury
as partially responsible for the
death of the girl, or whether the
jury had recommended that your
department take certain action?"
"He said nothing tf that sort"

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