“Who is responsible? Who is responsible for the murders of one
and forty-five young girls and men in the “fire proof” fire trap? On
whose head rests the blame for the inadequate, antiquated, criminal
stairs and single fire escape, made possible because the building was
classed as “fireproof”? These dead girls cry aloud, not for revenge,
for justice. Their flame-racked bodies demand protection for the
thousands of sister toilers who have not yet been sacrificed to fire.
Their silent lips call, ‘Who is responsible?’” Detail of March 28, 1911
York Evening Journal editorial cartoon.