THE YEAR 1915 was a terrible one for Maude. In quick succession came the deaths of Charles Frohman, John W. Alexander, and Allen Fawcett, her stage manager, called by Mr. Saint-Gaudens"the strong support through the years."
On the news that Mr. Frohman had gone down with the Lusitania on May 7, 1915, which reached Maude when she was playing in Kansas City, Miss Boynton rushed out to. her and found time to write to me on her way, from the Pennsylvania Railroad Station in Pittsburgh on May 9th:
I got your telegram yesterday just as I was leaving. I am on my way to Topeka, where Maude will be tomorrow night, unless some unforeseen change in her route occurs.
Mr. Delafield is a wonderful friend and is thinking of everything that may be necessary to protect her interests in a business way.
It is so terrible that one cannot think. I will send you some word later when I have seen Maude. Be sure I shall let you know what she needs, if anything. Your love and thought will help her much.
Mr. Lewis L. Delafield was the lawyer in charge of Maude's affairs. She was left, of course, without a manager, until Mr. Frohman's companies were organized under Charles Frohman, Inc., and Mr. Alf Hayman became manager.
Barrie wrote of Mr. Frohman in the London Daily Mail:
The man who never broke his word. There was a great deal more to him, but everyone in any land who has had dealings with Charles Frohman will sign that. . . .