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An Interview With. CLAMPETT.

The correspondent of a contemporary nays :—" Arthur Clampett, alia* Sullivan, the unconverted athlete, would seem to have determined to resume his former habits. He returned to the colony by the Ruapehu, and on being questioned as to the correctness of certain statements made by him to a reporter of the Auckland " Star " on the eve of his departure for San Francisco, said that the report of that interview was absolutely correct. He had been credfted with making an assertion to tk« effect that he must have been drunk when he gave that interview, and he now emphatically denied having made any such statement. He added that at his former interview he was as sober as he now was, and that the only incorrect statement m the account of it as published was that he was made to say that he made £1000 »ut of the " religious racket" m New Zealand. He actually only made £304 beyond his expenses, and £5 of that amount was given to him by one party. As to his experiences after leaving Auckland, I leave Clampett to tell his own tale. He said : " After arriving at San Francisco I went to, Chicag* and New York, and everywhere I found that copies of a "New Zealand Methodist" publication containing an exposure of my religious career m this colony had preceded me. When I went to England I found the same paper, and my own friends were turned against me. In consequence of this I was thrown on my resources. I gave lectures on New Zealand, and spoke m the highest terms of this colony. But here again my New Zealand experiences dogged my footsteps, and I had perforce to resort to gambling and the ring. I did not box myself, but made some money by backing others. While I was m London I received from a resident of Christchurch forty guineas to pay my passage back to New Zealand. He asked me to come back to Christchurch and make a confession. But I am done with the • religious racket' now. When I arrived there was not a soul at the wharf to meet me. Religious people, you see, were not prepared to restore a brother m a spirit of meekness, and therefore I intend to resort to the ways of men of the world, who know more than they do. I used the money sent to me for a ticket, and took passage by the Ruapehu ; but I have plenty of money, and intend to return the forty guineas to the doner. I intend henceforth to pursue my own profession as a professor of physical culture, giving gymnastic exhibitions and lectures on my past experiences throughout the world. I have written to Professor Miller, of Melbourne,, asking him to join me, and if he consents I believe we shall do well. I intend to proceed from here to Dunedin, and will visit Auckland again without fail later on." Clampett has evidently been doing a lot of muscular exercise, but still possesses that neat clerical look and persuasive way which formerly enabled him to ensure good receptions amongst religious bodies almost wherever he went. He denies that he ever on any occasion since leaving this Colony attempted to impose upon religious organisations, and asserts that he finds his own profession much more remunerative.

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An Interview With. CLAMPETT., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2468, 18 July 1890

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An Interview With. CLAMPETT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2468, 18 July 1890