Chicago's deputy coroner Lawrence R. Buckley (b.1860) went after
fire chief Musham with zeal at the
Buckley's parents were Irish immigrants and
throughout his life he was active in Irish political
organizations in Chicago. In 1889 he became
ensnarled in a Clan-na-gael conspiracy. The
Clan was an organization of Irish nationalists.
In 1903, widowed, Buckley
lived with his mother and three grown daughters at
1107 West Adams St. in Chicago.
most glaring aspect of the coroner's inquest was the
finger pointing. The fire and building departments blamed
each other, theater managers
blamed the theater fireman, the theater fireman
blamed his former employer, the ushers blamed the
theater manager, the theater manager blamed the
audience, the fire chief blamed the city
ordinances. In all that finger pointing,
Lawrence Buckley picked out fire chief Musham as his
favorite target. Generally, in Chicago,
hunting fire chiefs was such a popular sport
Buckley could count on public approval.