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Perhaps there is no ligure more close ly iilentiüeil with thc intermediate am present progress ol' the Innisfail dis trict than the Rev. h'athcr M ¡dine Clancy. A native of County Limerick Ireland, he arrived in Australia in 1.S95 and was stationed in thc parish o Cairns for three years, paying occasion al visits to Innisfail lill 189.S. when lu bren me resident parish priest. A pax front his religions duties, bc took a grca part in the fostering and developinen of the sugar district and land settle nient generally, being a li rm believer ii the ultimate success of those who slid io the land. Ile had a linn and wcll< founded belief in the future of thc in- dustry, Mourilyan and doondi beiuji then in their second and more progress- ive stages. The doondi plantations wen being broken up, and thc laud pur- chased by white growers. Eather Chino saw thc development, much lo his .sat- isfaction, of the South Johnstone urea In'the earlier days of Eather ClancyV residence id ihe district, he occasionally visited Cairns. Herberton and Cardwell trips which were made under the great- est difficulties, mere bridle tracks through the scrub being the rule. Several limes has has passed over the country where Millaa Millaa is to-day, Oswald's Track, and the Jordan Creek Diggings. Eastward of Millaa Millar there is a very prominent mountain standing on the lower country within the circle of ranges which is known to the residents of that district as Mount Eather Clancy, a lilting and permanent monument to the earlier and difficult work of Eather Clancy in his territory At present. Eather Clancy visits South Johnstone, Mourilyan, and occasional!} Cardwell. Ile has a motor car and a

I motor boat, which are both used in the j working of his parish. He lakes a keen J and lively interest in healthy sport, and

Sis somewhat of a keen amateur marine

{engineer, frequently attending to the eu j gilles of his motor boat, while that other

line old resident of Innisfail, Dr. Leary, may often he noticed as assistant navi- gator of thc numerous shallows and mud llats of the river. Occasional short cms in navigation have lcd ;o trouble and mutual recrimination between tho navigator and engineer, much to the nniuseincnt of those within range and hearing. Eather Clancy has other churches projected for construction at South Johnstone and Mourilyan. Hi also has, perhaps, a better grip of some of the questions affecting immigration anil settlement tlinn most oilier men one would meet, founded on his lengthy ex

periencc of the district, and the large number of people he has met and stud- ied, so that his opinions ure worth a considerable amount nf weight in th

ciirrenl controversy in such ma,tter:'." In lu's tvur's. lather Clancy is assiste i h> the Rev. Pa:he Loylc. O.S.A.. wh . relieves him of the heavier work in th-.' outer parts of the parish. Eather Clan- cy has in hand a programme of the pro j cried important improvements, lu the near future, a new concrete church of the latest design, and estimated to cost ¿1(1.001). will bc constructed. In add

lion, títere will bc a Presbytery, th.

man-rials "f which have not b-'cn de-

cided on, bul will bc in keeping willi the other part of the building programme.