The seven anti-Hanfstaengl agitators, who caused a disturbance in the Square on Commencement Day last June, and who were fined $20 apiece and sentenced to six months hard labor at their first hearing, will be given a second hearing today before Judge James in the Middlesex Superior Court.
The seven demonstrators were permitted a second hearing after petitions bearing the signatures of over 1700 persons and asking for revocation of the sentences, had been circulated on their behalf.
Nine of these agitators were brought before Judge James on charges of disturbing the peace and speaking without permit, but two of them, on a plea of clemency from President Conant were acquitted. The others, who are now up for their second hearing, were told by Judge James that he was sorry to impose jail sentences.
Hanfstaengl, when he heard about the cases, called in the foreign correspondents and characterized the verdict of the judge as an "Unquestionable understanding of present day conditions." He charged President Conant with "elements of bolshevism and subversion."
Hanfstaengl made a quick trip to Harvard this summer to the 25th reunion of his class. His coming was accompanied with many protests from his classmates and others. He left as a gift to the University a bust which has been placed in the Music Hall. His traveling scholarship was turned down this fall by the President and Board of Overseers.