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The Civil Sheriff was responsible for transporting individuals interdicted by the courts to the State insane asylum at Jackson, Louisiana. The Civil Sheriff's entry book for those to be transported reads like a catalogue of woe: delusions of persecution, family troubles, onanism (masturbation), insanity caused by syphilis, insanity caused by excessive drink, insanity caused by diarrhea, insanity caused by extreme want, etc.

Note line 14: “Chas. Bolden.” This is Buddy “King” Bolden (1877-1931), the famous cornet player who, through his distinctive playing style (loud and frenzied) is said to have originated jazz. Bolden was an alcoholic who may also have been schizophrenic. He spent the last twenty-four years of his life in an insane asylum.

[Orleans Parish Civil Sheriff. Register of Patients Transported to the State Insane Asylum, 1899-1911]

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