|The Detroit Free Press, January 5, 1892|
Secondly, it notes the burning of the Pontiac Asylum, which caused a further strain on the already overburdened mental health system. The Wayne County Court was handcuffed because of their own standards of placing patients. What the difference between an indigent and a pauper was not clarified but since both mean pretty much the same thing apparently only the penniless-homeless were admitted.
Lastly, the Northern Michigan Asylum at Traverse City offered assistance but couldn't accept inmates until their new accommodations were ready some time in the spring of 1892. Despite the lack of resources at least there was communication and cooperation between the state and county institutions unlike their government counterparts.