Max Linder, a French cinema comedian who enjoyed great popularity abroad before the war, arrived last week on the Espagne and went immediately to Chicago, where he will spend a year acting for a series of two-reel comedies for Essanay. Linder is a great favorite in France, not only in pictures but on the stage. He was appearing in a typical French skit in a musical revue when the war came. He immediately joined the army and served until a few months ago, when he was seriously wounded while on a scouting expedition in an aeroplane. He was sent to the military hospital at Contrexville, and while recovering from his wounds began negotiations with Essanay. M. Linder brought forty-six trunks with him, thus living up to his reputation as a dandy.
The Espagne was in collision at sea, and in the confusion that followed M. Linder appeared on deck in a pair of cerise and yellow pajamas that so startled the other passengers the accident was temporarily forgotten. The pajamas proved so impressive that the comedian offered them at auction at the ship's concert and they were sold for 750 francs. Alice Duer Miller. WRITTEN ON THE SCREEN (New York Times, 12.11.1916)