Translation of: Max, Careta, 12. Dec. 1914

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   The emotions that are aroused by episodes of the European war, are often useless concussions, caused by false news.

   One time, unofficial Telegrams reported the heroic death of Max Linder. The Cinematographers took a gloomy air and reissued the films and investigated the hero, at whose exploits the rueful audience watched, crying with laughter. Oscar Lopes embroidered a beautiful crown of roses, full of thorns, in a fine chronicle and closely followed the remembrance of the king of laughter. Days after all this, a joyful news denied the sad rumor: Max did not die, Max did not go into battle, Max does not dress in uniform, but serves his homeland as chauffeur of the government in Bordeaux. Then a newspaper of Paris brought the strange news to our shores, that Max is Hungarian [*].

   When, within the concept of Brazilians, the humorous figure of Max is reduced to a Hungarian chauffeur of the French government, comes this telegram from Paris: "Restored from the severe wound, he received in the battle of the Aisne, the comedian Max Linder returned into the ranks of the army.»

   What is it?! Max Linder died, or is Hungarian? He was injured, or is chauffeur? He is in Bordeaux, or on the front line? (Careta, Dec. 12, 1914)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: Max was also "declared" a Russian (Jew!) with the name of Markus Goldstein, who has a brother fighting in the Russian army (Libausche Zeitung, 10/16/14 [russ. Kal., 10/3/14]); long before the war he was "declared" a Brazilian (Fon-Fon, 12/2/12, Gazeta de Noticias, 6/17/13, A Federação, 10/3/14); but most frequently, he was "declared" a German (e.g.: Amersfoortsch Dagblad, 9/28/14; Pester Lloyd, 9/19/14), with three brothers fighting in the German army (Luxemburger Bürger-Zeitung, 10/1/14). Sadly, it seems that these absurd remarks were believed in by enough people, to force Max into issueing a statement, declaring that he was indeed born a Frenchman.(Le Journal, 4/17/15)