FALLEN FROM GRACE.
[Special to Star. I
CHRISTCHURCH, October 5.
The sensation in Christchurch to-day has been the fall from grace of Sullivan, the evangelist, but who is well khown to bo Clampett, an Irishman of some musical ability. Repeatedly for weeks past has one of the evening papers exposed his pretensions, and showed the untruthfulness of his claims ; but the ladies still stuck to him, and to the number of a thousand nightly attended his so-called “mission.” Those who opposed him were said by his confiding followers to be doing the Devil’s work. On Thursday Sullivan took a farewell benefit, it not being known whither he ww going, A Christchurch lawyer presided, and well-known ladies handed round the coffee. Sullivan was presented with an address signed by 1,250 persons and with a purse of 200 sovereigns, and also with a communion service. Laudatory speeches of all kinds were made, and arrangements provided for the spiritual care of the reformed pugilistic converts. But Sullivan now thought that he had played the converted man long enough. He was the guest of a well-known lady in Christchurch, and he left her house early in the evening, saying that he waa going out to sit up with a dying man. He did not return till four in the morning. During his absence he played “high jinks” in two hotels. Hewassurrounded by cabmen and other boon companions. He was his unconverted self once more. He “shouted” for his friends, and one of them said “My word, Sullivan, you had them finely.” He replied that he had, and adding some low comments concerning thow. said he did not care; ho was now going away, fa one of the hotels he sang some Irish songs and attempted some hymns, and threw a fellow through one of the doors, The cabmen drove him about the city til} the early hours in the morning. It is also said that he had a kind of a fight on one of the cabstands. Of course, there is consternation among his dupes, but they certainly were repeatedly warned of the man they wpre trusting. October?.
Ihe ‘Press’ tfcis morning says that Sullivan arrived in Eapgiora, on Saturday evening, and was expected to hold m.eptings in the Bangiora Literary Institute during yesterday. At eleven o’clock in the morning a few people collected at the hall, when the doors were opened and a short service was conducted by Messrs M‘Gregor and Plaisted. There was no service in the afternoon, but Sullivan was expected to be present in the evening should he be well enough, it being reported that he was indisposed. This is all the allusion that the Christchurch papers make to Sullivan’s exploits. The reason is that it is not wished to wound the feelings of his supporters. Of the fact that he went on “ the spree ” there is no doubt; it js bpowu to dozens. Ludicrous incidents in Coppootipa wßh his exploits are mentioned, is a statement that the money be was apepding'cpnifisted of sixpences and ‘ threepences, In one "place Jjb sas jn ho hafl a handful of threepences, whep sonjeopejlty his elbow and scattered the coin all over the floor. He also paid his cabman with small change.
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FALLEN FROM GRACE., Evening Star, Issue 8031, 7 October 1889
FALLEN FROM GRACE. Evening Star, Issue 8031, 7 October 1889
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