"Doesn't that mean that our
fire protection laws are a joke?" '
"It certainly does," replied the
deputy state factory inspector. "I
often have said myself that for
the legislature to pass a law and
then not provide the means for
enforcing that law is to make a
mockery of the law a joke of it."
The reporter was going to
leave, when it struck him that the
last annual report of the factory
inspector's department might
provide some interesting statis
tics. He asked Cohen for a copy
of the report.
"We haven't one," said Cohen.
"A report covering the first six
months of 1912 is in the press
now. Reports for 191 1, 1910 and
i , 39 also will be issued this year."
"Do you mean that your de-'
partment has not published any
report since 1908?" asked the re
porter, somewhat surprised.
"That's what I mean."
"Then so far as any official re
port of what your department of
the government has been doing
these last four years is concerned,
there is no such thing?"
"No," said Cohen. "We are
preparing to issue a monthly bul
letin. . . . The annual reports
have been delayed because they
are printed in the Pontiac prison
and sometimes they are very slow
Having acquired what little in
formation Cohen possessed, the
reporter went around to the cor
oner's office to find out how it
came that no copy of the Imroth
inquest had been sent to the stat
factory inspector. He went di
rectly to Coroner Peter M. Hoff
man. Coroner Hoffman seemed sur
prised when he was told that no
certified copy of the verdict had
been sent by his office to the state '
factory inspector or the city
"I can't understand it," he said.
"A certified copy of the verdict
.ought to have been sent both to
Inspector Davies and Commis
"But no such copies have been
sent," persisted the reporter.
"They will be," said Hoffman,
grimly. "They'll be mailed first
thing this morning."
So, as soon a UnceJ Sam gets
around to delivering those certi
fied copies of the Imroth verdict,
which should happen some time
today, neither the state factory
inspector nor the building com
missioner will be able to plead
And if Chief Inspector Davies
and Commissioner Ericsson are
correct, if it be true that state and
city are not providing enough
men in these two departments to
enforce the laws passed on the
demand of the people, it will be
about time for another investiga
tion. Nearly every one of the laws
for fire and accident prevention in
factories, stores and mills was
passed only after the people had
made clear their determination to
have such laws.
If then, after passing the laws,
the legislature and city council
did not make such provisions as
would allow of their being en
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