The Ashburton Guardian Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit MONDAY, JUNE 30, 1890. RETURN OF CLAMPETT.
The return to the Colony of the selfconfessed religious imposter, Clampett, alias Sullivan, will come as a surprise to those who are familiar with the circumstances of his recent visit m the role of an evangelist. It will be remembered that Clampett, who represented himself to be the reformed brother of a notorious pugilist, entered the Church fold m Auckland, and for a brief space held a prominent position m the religious world as a successful revivalist. Rumors, however, were set afloat that the man was a rank imposter, and a section of the Christchurch press, taking the matter up, the mask was torn from Clampett's face, and the evangelist was prdved to be an impudent and shameless adventurer, who had wormed himself into the favor of a number of religious people for the sole purpose of " making a rise"—as he elegantly put it, when finding dissimulation was no longer possible. It the space of a few months Olampett netted £ 1000 by means of thia shameful imposture, and departed from the .Colony chuckling at his good fortune, and deriding his hapless victims. When Olampett left the Colony regret was expressed that the criminal law could not be set m motion against him, and that he could not be made to disgorge his ill-gotten booty. It was never thought at the time, brazen as the man had proved himself to be, that he would have the impudence to again thrust himself into the presence of his victimised friends and helpers. That he intends to do so is, however, tolerably certain, as he is " billed " to appear m Christchurch at an early date m a secular capacity. Brazen effrontery cannot go further than this, and it is to be hoped this last act of Mr Clampett will result m arousing a retaliatory spirit amongst his late victims, and that he will be proceeded against criminally for obtaining money under false pretences. It is not, however, with Clampett that the public are now principally concerned, but with the apparent fact that a syndicate of Christchurch residents, who believe m the man's professed repentance are pro] viding him with the means to return. It is hard to think a number of New Zealanders can be found so lost to all sense of public decency as to; take this step. Clampett's presence can only have the effect of arousing bitter memories and feelings amongst those who were previously victimised by him and for any unpleasant results that may occur when he returns the •' syndicate " will be alone responsible. The only hope m the public mind at present, we venture to say, is that when this shameless imposter again visits the colony bis eccentric conduct will be of such a character as to place him within the meshes of the criminal law, and that his " friends " will be taught g ich a bitter lesson that m future they will not be so easily imposed upon.