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Thursday, 2 June 1921

Mr BAMFORD (Herbert) . - I entered this House at the same time as the late, member did, as a member of the same party, and from the same Sta'te, and the House will bear with me while I say a few words in reference to his tragic death. The late member and myself have not always followed the same political lines, but I am pleased to say that the friendship between us was never disturbed on that account. We remained the best of friends, and, indeed, it would have been difficult for any man to quarrel with James Page. As I know from experience, he was a nian ever ready to extend help where it was needed. In my mind's eye, I see him sitting opposite as he did yesterday, full of life and vigour ; no one could for a. moment have anticipated that the hand. of the grim reaper was so shortly to be placed upon him. To say that I specially regret his death is but to very inadequately express my feelings; and I can only, as one who knew the deceased gentleman intimately, give my support to the motion submitted by the Acting Prime Minister. We cannot but feel somewhat pleased that we did not resolve on an all-night sitting yesterday, for otherwise we might, for the second time, have had a tragedy within the walls of this chamber. ' My regret is deep and sincere at the death of a man for whom I had the greatest possible respect, and between whom and myself there was a friendship which nothing could break. Mr. Page recently suffered a great bereavement in the loss of a sister, to whom he was greatly attached, and I think that that occurrence may, perhaps, have had its share in precipitating the sad occurrence of last night.

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