The Civil Index of the District Court.
I first found these in November of 1996. The tangibility of what is happening of my life gained substance upon reading the comprehensive comment near the end of the second page of the old leather bound ledger "The insanity papers". Notice there are no dates and the filing references change indicating a sifting. This scan is from the second page and shows the end of an entry period containing 72 insanity actions in two years. The Declaration of George Michael Skuse states there were approximately 650 arrests for crimes of insnity in the same period of time. The statement at the end of the first entry period reveals the perceptions of the individual making the record. This was a distinct event comprised of like documents separated in the mind of the recorder from normal events.
I remember the Medicine man telling me that because the Natives wanted to have the "event" in full swing at the beginning of the centennial celebration they had a number of people "go off" early. They began after HR2204 deprived them of courts of jurisdiction guaranteed in numerous treaties.
The officials when compiling the index couldn't decide whether to write 1875 or 1876. There are seven pages of entries with very few spanish surnames. Nearly all are "Insanity of" indicating that the state is examining the sanity of the defendant.
Insanity means "unsanctified".
Forth up from the bottom is seen, "Huse C.E. Charles
E. Huse was one of the most prominent lawyers in California fifteen years
prior to his insanity at age sixty five. I read in the medical examination
that he knew the "direction of the universe". Many of the examinations
described men who babbled incoherently or raved. There was a popular term
in many of the descriptions "The Mania".
Women rejected their husbands and families and men were utterly unable to take care of themselves. One man suffered a delusion of grandeur that had him writing checks and IOU's for thousands of dollars and no one could convince him that he wasn't wealthy. Rage and unreason reigned.
Leyes de California (scanned state legislation, 1876)
Declaration of George Michael Skuse
Our Public Records