Max Linder Not Dead

 

    Word received early last week from the seat of the great European war indicated that Max Linder, the famous Pathe comedian, had been killed in the battle of the Aisne. Later reports, however, prove that the first rumour, as Mark Twain once so aptly remarked, "was greatly exaggerated," for Max is only badly wounded and the prediction is made that within a short time he will be back on the firing line. Linder is an officer in a French artillery regiment and his battery has been at the front ever since the German retreat began, so the earlier reports of his death were credited. Though still under 30 years of age and said to be the highest salaried artist working in pictures, when the call came to fight, like the hundreds of thousands of his fellow countrymen, Linder dropped everything, donned his uniform and took up his station with his comrades. It is said that on the day before leaving Paris he came to the Pathe studio at Vincennes to say a last good bye. When his fellow players expressed the hope that within a short time he would return from the front to resume his studio work, Linder shrugged his shoulders and replied: "I am a fatalist. What is to be, will be. When I am to die I will die, whether on the battle field or in my bed at home." The above clearly expresses his philosophy which was apparent in his work in films. He never hesitated to take a chance whether it was in an aeroplane, speeding automobile or in a bull ring. He is said to have been a man without fear. (Motography, Oct. 17, 1914)