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responsible ifof the enforcemenl
of 'the law, know them only too
"But pur hands are tied, and we
absolutely refuse a shoulder the
responsibility that rightfully
should be ours. If a fire should,
break out and an hundred women
be burned to death because of inward-opening
doors, lack of exits
or other causes, we shall not ac
cept one iota of responsibility
"When the holocaust comes,
the grand, dear public will have
spasms of agony. The; news
papers will call for better laws
and larger appropriations for en
forcement of these laws. '
"After the .horse runs away the
barn, door will be locked; after
the. damage is done, after the lives
are lost will come the legislation.
"Here, in Illinois, we havebeen
piling up laws without an. equal
increase in appropriations for the
enforcements of the laws.
"In Illinois "our department
has secured more convictions un
der the women's 'temhour law
than all the other states in the
J'But we cannot enforce ALL
the laws. And we won't pretend
to until we are given an appro
priation: that will enable our de
partment tp have an efficient"
corps of supervisors, who cart co
operate with those employers
who want to do the right thing
but do not know how, and who
can watch and compel those em
ployers who. do not want to obey
Davies was. asked if he, saw any
Jesspn.in. .the Anna imroth. case.
"I, know nothing about that
case,"' he replied.
Davies was asked if he had not
seen the verdict of the coroner's
jury in the Imroth case.
"No," he said, "I know "nothing
This.is only another instance of
the slipshod fashion in which the
business of vthe people is trans
acted. One weekago, when Barney
Cohen told The Day Book that
his office had heard nothing of
the coroner's verdict, The Day
Boole went directly to Coroner
Peter M. Hoffman and asked
how the factory inspector had not
received a cqpy of-a verdict so
closely touching him. and his de
partment "I do notknow,"said Hoffman.
"But- I'll find out. A certified
copy of the verdict ought to have
been sent to the state , factory in
spection department. I shall see
that such a copy is .mailed, to them
tonightyor tomorrow morning."
ThatVas a week ago. And
yet Chief Inspector Davies
"knows nothing of the verdict."
Davies even asked his office
force 3f they knew anything of the
receipt of a. copy of the Imroth
verdict. And after having done
so he returned to The Day Book
reporter; and said:
"No copy of the Imroth ver
dict has been .received hereto far.
as I can learn'
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" Washington. Senate, passed
Webb bill over Taft's veto. Bill
prohibits shipment of liquor into
, dry; .territory. '