The Nation: He's Mine. No, He's Mine

On a recent warm evening in Key West, Fla., a sandy-haired, blue-eyed teen-age boy swam ashore carrying a compass, knife and can opener. He later appeared at a highway-patrol office and told the authorities, tearfully, that he did not know who he was.

While the amnesic lad marked time by doing odd jobs for the Salvation Army and playing honky-tonk piano, distraught mothers of runaways called Key West by the hundreds, claiming him as their own. Finally the real parents showed up, identifying the boy as Kim Basil Kadas, 16, of East Chicago, Ind. Kim recognized his mother and departed for home...

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