Chicago, March 21.


    There is a supposed inside report here that all is not happy in the Essanay camp regarding Max Linder, and the story has it that George K. Spoor has attempted several times lately to unload his high-priced contract with the fastidious French star. Neither of the first two releases has developed anything like the interest that was expected. An error in the way Linder publicity was mapped out has something to do with the lukewarm reception of the new comedies. But that was because Spoor is supposed to have originally obtained Linder in an attempt to spite Charlie Chaplin. When Chaplin left Essanay the latter still had Charlie's “Carmen,” which was made for two reels and then padded out by Essanay to make a four-reeler. Thereupon Chaplin sued Spoor, with the result that the Essanay head became angry and went scouting for an “opposition” comic. This resulted in bringing Linder to this country. (Variety, March 23, 1917)