RUN TO EARTH.
A PIOUS FRAUD,
AUCKLAND, November 4
Clampett alias Sullivan arrived from the South via Onehunga last Tuesday afternoon, and has since been keeping very quiet. A ' Star' reporter has been trying to get an interview with him, as it is rumored that ho confessed his frauds, but he kept himself out of the way till last night, when he was met at the reception to the Irish delegates and confessed himself a pious fraud. He states that he iB a Roman Catholic, and wished to go in for the religious racket through being "Btone broke." He saw some street preachers, thought there was a "good thing " in it, followed them to the Primitive Methodist Chnrch, and so became identified with religion. He speaks highly of his success in Christchurch, and puts it all down to weak women who were much influenced by him, He has made about LI,OOO by His fraud, mostly private cheques. He says that his name is Arthur Clampett ; that he belongs to Waterford, and has been a companion of Whistler, Mitchell, Sullivan, and other prize-fighters. He came to the colony five years ago to be engaged by Dion Boucicault, but got on the spree and was not engaged, Being down on his luck in Sydney he got a free passage to Auckland ten months ago; started singing on the Thames, but with no success, and thereupon went in for religion. He now intends training his voice in America, and is leaving by the Zealandia for San Francisco this afternoon. He says that his success shows how easily Dissentjraaregulled. Eeintendsto make a confession in San Francisco, and will die a Catholic. The account of the interview with Sullivan is very spicy. In his concluding remarks he said:—"l am going to San Francisco by mail steamer to-day. I have two or three lines in which I may embark, but I don't intend to go into Gospel work again. I will not trifle with the Gospel any more, and I hope my old friends will pray for me because lam not converted. lam going on a singing tour in America." The reported asked: " You became tired of playing the religious fraud, I suppose?" Clampett: Yes; I was a fraud—a big fraud, and lam heartily tired of it. I can now finally say that only for the law of the country I would have knocked the clergy who were antagonistic to me into a "cocked hat." I did not want a month in gaol, eo that bit of pleasure had to be postponed. I wish also to thank the lawyers and judges that they did not get hold of me.
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RUN TO EARTH., Evening Star, Issue 8055, 4 November 1889
RUN TO EARTH. Evening Star, Issue 8055, 4 November 1889
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