It was firmly established last night by the CRIMSON that Professor Manley O. Hudson's Peace Plan, although it was not awarded the Bok Prize, was one of the seven or eight similar plans from which the Jury made its final decision.
The striking likeness of the winning plan to Professor Hudson's known theory has, however, led many people to make the conjecture that Hudson was the actual author.
"I should be very much surprised if Professor Hudson did not write the winning Bok Peace Plan," said Mr. Vanderlip, when questioned on the subject on Saturday by a CRIMSON reporter. All his former writings and speeches certainly point in that direction, though of course there is the possibility that some friend of his wrote it, or that some one has emulated his ideas,
"If he did write it, no one can object to his denying the fact," continued Mr. Vanderlip. The winner is under oath to conceal his identity.
Saw Copy Before Publication
"I was fortunate enough to see a copy of the plan before it was published. Before I had half finished it i exclaimed 'I know who wrote this--Manley Hudson!' The similarity of the ideas expressed in the plan to those previously expressed by Professor Hudson is more than striking. The one possible exception is the section on International Law, which, however, does not go counter to anything he has written."
After seeing Mr. Vanderlip the reporter interviewed Professor J. H. Beale '82, a colleague of Professor Hudson's in the Law School. Professor Beale said that whereas he knew that Professor Hudson had submitted a plan of the same type as that which won the award, he doubted that his had won.
Winning Plan Like Hudson's
"The winning plan is remarkably on a parallel with most of Hudson's ideas," he said, "but I do not think it is quite in his style. But I have been told on reliable authority that Hudson's plan was a close contender for the honor. The choice was made from seven or eight similar plans, of which Hudson's was undoubtedly one, though Dean Pound, a member of the Jury of Award did not know until after the decision was made that Professor Hudson had submitted a plan.
Only the man who was consulted by Professor Hudson while he was writing the plan would be able, he said, to say certainly whether the plan was really Professor Hudson's.
Following Professor Beale's cue, a CRIMSON reporter went to see Professor Calvert Magruder L '16 who gave final information. The winning plan was definitely not Hudson's he declared. He had seen Hudson's plan before it was submitted.
"A great many people have been fooled," he said, "by the likeness of the plan to Professor Hudson's ideas. Already he has received numbers of letters complimenting him on winning a prize which he really did not win, though he came within a hair's breadth of doing so. From reading the plan there is every reason to believe that it is his."
The knowledge that the plan is definitely not Hudson's comes as a blow to those members of the University who have been hoping that the winner was a Harvard man and that Professor Hudson's denial was forced by an oath of secrecy.