arthur frost 1969
WAIL By ALBERT J. SITTER A crusty, "prospector type" patient at Arizona State Hospital charged he was tricked into giving offbeat religious Sect the 40 acres of property he owned in the Winslow area. The complaint was among many which Arthur Frost, Maricopa County Legal Aid Society "circuit rider," has heard from his nearly 100 disturbed clients at the mental institution since he began making Weekly visits there seven months ago. The old prospector, said Frost, has a long history of periodic mental illness. His exploits include searches in the Superstition Mountains for the legendary Lost Dutchman Mine. "About a year ago," Frost related, "he signed legal papers placing his property in trust for a group de- Little people and the law scribed in the document as an unincorporated religious organization. "The purpose of the gift, according to the agreement," the young lawyer said, "was for the benefit of the religious association to 'spread the gospel according to Christ.' " Frost explained that his client was particularly angry with the heads of the religious group because, he claimed, they were resonsible for having him committed to the hospital. They did this, the prospector maintained, after accusing him of setting fire to one of the buildings on the land which he had deeded to the mission. He denied setting the fire. Actually, said Frost, he knew nothing about a fire or how his client happened to be committed. "But I did know," he added, "that the man wanted his land back and that he should have it back." Accomplishing this, the attorney said, was easier than might be expected. He explained the situation to the Winslow attorney who had drawn up the property conveyance papers. "I think he could sense there was something wrong with the deal," Frost reflected. Two weeks later, the Legal Aid lawyer said, ho received a quitclaim deed in the mail, conveying the property back to the prospector. While a mental institution may seem to be a strange place to hang out a legal shingle, Frost said, the State Hospital is replete with people who have legal problems. To communicate with some of UVm is a problem in itself, Frost said. In this respect, tho old prospector was described as "one of my better clients nut there."