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FALLEN FROM GRACE.

[Viu)M Our Own Courbsi'onpkxt.]

CHRISTCHURCH, October 11

Words could not desoribe the manner in which the religious world of Christchurch has been shocked by " Sullivan's " downfall. The local Press are all silent now concerning him, except a small weekly paper called tho 'Bazaar,' but of Sullivan's conduct on Friday night last, tho night following his coffee suppor, I gave your readers an outline. It may bo added that his career on that night was as bad as it was possible to be. In hotels and other places he was repeatedly identified as "Sullivan, tho Evangelist," and told that ho was a pretty fellow to be up to such work. His reply was that it had nothing to do with him. Ho boasted what a fine gamo the preaching gamo was, and said that he had got his best (adjective) di videndf rom St. Paul's (Presbyterian Church), and remarked that ho was the biggest gun in New Zealand, and that he had made LI,OOO in nine months. He was announced to commence a mission in the township of Rangiora, twenty miles from Christchurch, last Sunday. He did not put in an appearance, but did so on Monday. He was then under the influence of drink. His inquiry room was mobbed and a window and some furniture broken. He then continued on " the spree " about tho township. One hotelkeeper refused to supply him with drink, and he complained to the police. For the most part of the time he was at Rangiora he was the guest of a lady of great wealth, bat bis condact was so bad that she turned him out of her house. For two or three days he continued on the spree about the township. Of the religious people in Christchurch who supported him he spoke in terms of the greatest contempt, saying that he had no regard for the foolish women whoso money he had got and upon whom he had imposed. The parsons of Christchurch, he said, might "have" scores of people so long as he had the money. He also said that there was not one man in a million who could have carried out the business as he had done in the face of the opposition he had received. The only persons of whom he had a good word to say wore those belonging to the 'Telegraph' newspaper and those who saw through him from the commencement. That he has inflicted a great moral wrong on the community there is no doubt. Oftentimes had he an audience of 3,000 persons In tho streets of Rangiora he stoppeda well-known Christchurch Wesleyan miniater, and said: "Did I not do you ministers ' brown' in Christchurch ?" Notwithstanding his spree on Friday night there are still many persons so infatuated with him that they proposed to take the Tuam street Hall once more for him, let him make a full confession, and go on again. This would have been done only for his spree at Rangiora. It was felt that this could not be overlooked. The most intelligent of his friends eould support him no longer, so it was arranged that he should depart yesterday by the Mararoa for Wellington. He did not venture to get into the train at Christchurch railway station, but did so lower down the line. He left for the North with Mr Maogregor, a young man from Wanganui who has stuck to him in all his fortunes. Sullivan's name docs not appear in the passenger list, except as "Mr Macgregor and friend." So Christchurch has seen tha last of him. The churches to whioh he had access were a small dissenting church presided over by the Rev. Mr Potter, St. Paul's Presbyterian Church (Rev. Mr Elmslic), Ferry road Prcsbytorian Church (Rev. Hugh Irwin), and St Alban'a Wcsloyan Church (Rev. Mr Lewis). Ho had four or five other churches on his list, and his services were eagerly sought for, when the papers challenged him ani tho Ministers' Association shut their pulpits against him. That, however, did not dismay him, for ho took the Tuam street Hall, where he drew immense audiences till his farewell supper and fall. His career here has caused intenso bitterness, as well as a terrible scandal to the cause of religion,

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FALLEN FROM GRACE., Evening Star, Issue 8036, 12 October 1889

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FALLEN FROM GRACE. Evening Star, Issue 8036, 12 October 1889

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