Parents of boy are now known
Grimsby Independent, 11 Jul 1923, p. 1
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Newspaper located at the Grimsby Museum
Date of Publication
11 Jul 1923
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Bull, Morris
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.20011 Longitude: -79.56631
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The four-year-old boy who was reported found at Grimsby Beach in last week's issue, and taken to the Children's Shelter in St. Catharines city, by James Marlow, of Grimsby,is still there. Mr. Marlow found the youth at Maplewood Tourist Camp on Sunday afternoon, July 1st.

According to indications the child has been abandoned, he having in his possession a bundle containing four suits of clothes, all clean and all in good condition.

When Mr. Marlow found him the youth asked for his "mama" and later spoke of his "granddaddy". He says his name is "Morris", but is unable to say where he came from. The name "Morris" is further substantiated by a similar name written on his underwear. The youth wears a blue suit and blue reefer coat. His cap bears the words "H.M.S. Ironduke", and on the inside appears the trade name of "Grafton & Co., Limited". He wears white socks with a brown stripe and white slippers. When found he was carrying a toy dog, on the collar of which appears the name "Maurice". The clothing bears trade names of firms in Winnipeg and Buffalo. Any information leading to the location of the parents or guardians of the boy will be welcomed by Agent C.H. Claus, of the Children's Shelter, St. Catharines.

Mystery Solved - St. Catharines, July 7. - Charles Claus, superintendent of the Children's Aid Society, announced this morning he had completely cleared up the mystery surrounding the four-year-old boy found at Maplewood tourist camp, near Grimsby, a week ago. It turns out the child is the illegitimate son of a well-known man of the Niagara district, whose name authorities will not divulge. The mother is a Barnardo girl.

The boy, whose name is Morris Bull, was born in a Hamilton private hospital, in 1919, and up to May of this year, maintained by his father in a private institution in Hamilton. Then the mother, who, it is understood, lives in Syracuse, N.Y., wanted the boy and took him home, but recently she got into some matrimonial difficulties, it is said, and decided she would have to get rid of him, so she took him to Maplewood camp on Sunday last, and left him. Claus has arranged to place the lad in a good home.

[Followup story in July 18 paper] - Many homes for abandoned boy - Applications are still being received by Agent C.H. Claus, of the Children's Aid Society in St. Catharines, for the adoption of the four year old child, Morris Bull, who was abandoned by his mother at Maplewood Park, and who has since been placed in a good home. These applications have been received from all over Ontario and from several places in the United States. Offers of money with which to advertise the finding of the child have also been received. Agent Claus has just returned to his office after a two day tour in the county during which he visited many of the wards of the Society, finding them being well cared for and in splendid homes. The Society has at present more applications for children than can be filled.

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Parents of boy are now known