These Men Said to be Responsible.
Daniel H. Burnham, director of works at the World’s Columbian Exposition; John B. Skinner, president of the Cold Storage Company; Charles A. McDonaid, secretary and treasurer of the concern, and Edmund W. Murphy, chief of the Columbian Fire Department, were on Tuesday held to await the action of the grand jury by the coroner inquiring into the cause of death of sixteen men by the cold warehouse fire at the World’s Fair. All the men named in the verdict, except Director of Works Burnham, were present when the verdict was read. That Chief Murphy was held by the jury created profound surprise, as there was no evidence that he sent the firemen into the tower. It was a foregone conclusion from the first that President Skinner and Secretary McDonald would be held. The testimony was positive that they had been advised of the dangerous condition of the tower, and had promised to have the protecting “ thimble ” put in and had failed to do it. It was whispered Monday night that the jury was inclined to hold Director of Works Burnham on the strength of his own testimony. This resolution was clinched by the testimony of Chief Swenie, who swore that he had endorsed Chief Murphy’s report and sent it to Mr. Burnham. When asked whether it was not Mr. Burnham’s outy to see that the tower was made safe, the witness replied that it wa«.
The fund in aid of the families of the victims of the fire now amounts to $140 000, and is increasing every day.