New York Times, April 7, 1912:
In some years New York State has spent as much as one-third of its entire revenue in the care of its insane. This year it will probably spend--at least the Lunacy Commission has asked for-- $9,000,000, or one-fifth of its income, in this way.
Startling as these figures are, there are others even more surprising. Of the inmates of the State hospitals for the insane about one-half are foreign born. The logical inference is that a large number of lunatics, or potential lunatics, are successful in passing the examination at Ellis Island.
Yikes. Read the whole thing.