Officials at University Hall yesterday could give no inkling as to whether the gift of $1000 by Ernst F. S. Hanfstaengl '09, Adolf Hitler's right-hand man and bone of contention among members of his class, for the establishment of a scholarship, would be accepted by the Corporation when it meets on Monday.
The matter of the scholarship, which stipulates that the student receiving the money spend six months in Munich and the rest at any other German University, will be brought up at the next meeting of the Corporation. Possibilities of a difficult situation were seen by many, since Hanfstaengl has already resigned as aide to Dr. Elliott Carr Cutler '09, Chief Marshal of the 25th Class Day reunion.
Hanfstaengl, according to the Associated Press, walked into the German banking house of Delbrueck, Schickler & Co., wrote out a check for 2500 marks to the order of President Conant and said to the teller:
"I want this check deposited subject to orders by the Harvard president regarding its disposition."
Once this year the subject of Hanfstaengl has aroused sentiment among Harvard alumni, when Dr. Cutler chose him as his side on Class Day. Immediately a storm of protest broke forth but Hanfstaengl settled the situation by stating that business would interfere with his trip to the United States.
May Still Attend
Later, however, the CRIMSON received a telegram from Hitler's lieutenant, in which the impression was gained that there was still a possibility of his attending his class reunion. Yesterday, when he was asked whether the donation was an indication that he had given up all hopes of being able to attend, Hanfstaengl replied cryptically: "Qui vivra verra." (He who lives will see)
At the time when the news of Dr. Hanfstaengl's gift was first made public yesterday, President Conant had received no official notice from Germany. However, Dr. Hanfstaengl message was delivered to President Conant late yesterday afternoon, but it was at once pointed out that the final decision on the matter does not rest with the President.