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To the Editor of the Crimson,
Mr. Sherwood and Mr. Whiteside in today's "Crimson" say that it was bad manners to refuse Hanfstaengel's Munich Scholarship because he offered it in good faith. This might be justified, except that in my opinion he did not offer it in good faith but as a rather crude attempt to put Harvard in a hole and martyrize himself.
Harvard might have technically blundered by sending him the letter, but good faith does not rest on technicalities. Hanfy is a professional publicity man and he can recognize a form letter when he sees one. He can distinguish between what is President Conant's personal signature and what is not. And he surely knows that if President Conant wanted to change his attitude, he would not inform Hanfy merely by a letter asking for a gift. But the real point is that even if Hanfy did not realize the letter was a mistake, he was asked for one thing and he offered another. There is certainly material difference between support of the Tercentenary Fund and the prize scholarships, and an award which sends Harvard men to the birthplace of National Socialism under the wing of Hitler's piano player.
Since the way in which Hanfstaengel's original scholarship was offered had so much to do with its being refused, it is interesting to note that again he gave out the news of his offer even before it was received. More than two million dollars has now been given to the Tercentenary Fund, but none of the donors has thought it necessary to release the news to the press.
Perhaps Hanfy should not have been sent the letter, but it is silly to claim that he acted in good faith. He leaned so far backward in his answer to President Conant that he betrayed himself by his innocence. It was a choice between crucifying him on his own cross or biting on his line; and when Harvard wants to be a sucker, she can probably find a less obvious line to bite on. Arthur M. Rosenbloom '37
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