1949 January - 5 alarm fire MCRR car repair shop 2 FF injured - Boris Nicoloff injured
tiirJfflijrVtit- . ' t.,. . T. IWt T? (Ml J t - ?t;izvr r'r: ' w , I Suspect Held as Arsonist in 6 Fires Garages and Autos Burned in Small Area Police are seeking an arsonist who set a series of fires that destroyed six garages and nine automobiles within less than an hour in an area of a few blocks. The work of the firebug played havoc with the Fire Department as equipment was shifted from one blaze to another. THE FIRES broke out late Wednesday when much of the equipment was battling the $250, 000 blaze at the Michigan Central car shops at Vernor and Livernois. With several stations short of equipment, the confusion caused by the garage fires created added problems in moving apparatus without leaving certain areas unprotected. Joseph Hardy, 38, of 7386 Twelfth, was arrested for question ing in the garage blazes but denied any connection with them. Police said he also was wanted for ques tioning in earlier arson cases. The six garages were located on Richton, Cortland, Fullerton and Sturtevant between Linwood and Wildemere. INSPECTOR Roderick Goeriz, of the Arson Squad, said all of the fires were started inside the automobiles. It appeared the arsonist saturated the cushions with gasoline before igniting them, Goeriz said. Damage was not estimated. The Arson Squad and Fire Marshall's office continued to hunt the cause of the Michigan Central blaze. - The car repair building, five cars loaded with coal, seven boxcars were destroyed and three freight trains were delayed because loco motives could not be moyed from the roundhouse near by. Firemen Roy Price, 26, and Boris Nicoloff, 35, were injured fighting the blaze. Railroad Shops a Shambles After Blaze Free Press Photo by Douk Kennedy RUINS OF MICHIGAN CENTRAL CAR REPAIR SHOPS DESTROYED IN $250,000 FIVE-ALARM BLAZE Fifteen cars in structure at Livernois and Vernor were consumed by flames that delayed several trains Guest Star Defends Fired , Miss Morini Disputes 'Disloyalty as Symphony Heeds BY J. DORSEY CALLAGHAN Free Press Music Writer Erica Morini, who suddenly found herself in the middle of a Detroit Symphony internal dispute, expressed herself as being utterly astonished by developments. When I talked to her in New York Thursday, she backed Georges Miquelle to the hilt in his denial of disruptive statements. Miquelle resigned and was later fired as first cellist. He was accused of having apologized to Miss Morini for a "bad accompaniment" by the orchestra to her performance of the Tschaikowsky Violin Concerto. HE DENIED having made any such statement. "He absolutely said nothing of the kind," Miss Morini said. "As a matter of fact, he would have been all wrong if he had. The performance was one I will remember always, for the beautiful support that was given me. "Mr. Miquelle and I talked about my last performance here. He was kind enough to praise my performance highly. That . was all that was said." MISS MORINI also said she had made no complaint about the ac MUSIC Symphony, Minus Cellist, Draivs Crowd BY J. DORSEY CALLAGHAN Free Press Music Critic The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, minus one cello player, gave the first of this week's pair of concerts at Music Hall. The first chair in the cello, section, formerly occupied by Georges Miauelle. was filled by Arthur companiment, either here or elsewhere. X " " "I don't know how such ridiculous rumors get started," she declared. Meanwhile, the Detroit Symphony, chastened by the threat of mass firings for "disloyalty," gave a vote of confidence to Karl Krueger, its musical director, and Henry H. Reichhold, its president. Eugene Braunsdorf, member of a sj-mphony committee, presented the vote at rehearsal Thursday morning. Others on the committee are VIOLINIST ERICA MORINI Astounded by Detroit row . i y sC Jit jTjL iZi CLDunir CBireaittcBOtl Smile finn 1KB) Hale P h a r e s, piccolo player; i Theodore Evans, French horn player; Hugh Cooper, bassoonist, and Bernard Rosen, clarinetist. THE' VOTE followed Reich-hold's threat to fire the entire orchestra, if necessary, to get rid of dissident elements. "Of course, this won't be necessary,," he said. "At most there are no more than 10 disloyal members." He refused to name any of the suspected members. Reichhold said the rumored apology was not the sole reason Miquelle was fired. "This was just the last in a series of incidents showing Miquelle's disloyalty to the orchestra," Reichhold asserted. Miquelle, whose adverse opinion of Krueger's conducting ability has been known commonly for a long time, was fired summarily at the end of Wednesday's rehearsals. PREVIOUSLY, he had handed in his written resignation, effective at the end of the season. Replying to the charge that he had "apologized" to Miss Morini, Miquelle said: 'The accusation Is ridiculous. I said nothing of the Kina. He added that he had heard MANSION Cellist Threat of Purge that the violinist was dissatisfied with her accompaniment. Since reorganization of the or chestra under Krueger and Reichhold several important members have resigned, including two con- certmasters Ilya Schkolnik and Josef Gingold. Others were Jascha Swartz- mann, cellisx; Morris Hocnoerg, violinist; Florian Wittman, violin ist, and Leonard B. Smith, trumpet player. DESPITE THE vote of confi dence, many members of the or chestra back Miquelle. Said one: "I don t know how Miquelle will be replaced." Reichhold said: "If any of the players are dissatisfied, they may as well resign before they are fired. As for the public, if it doesn't like Krueger's Germanic interpretation, It doesn't need to attend concerts." Miquelle shrugs and says: "I only hope that the whole thing will clear the air as" far as the orchestra is concerned." KRUEGER ALSO did not seem unduly concerned. When the or chestra rose to applaud him at the morning rehearsal, he said "Our responsibility is to carry on with our music. Let's pay no attention to anything but that."