I have been amazed at the stories from the colonial period. I have been unable to find the account of the knife fight during the time the territory legislators were meeting.
I also heard a funny story of the period. I am not sure if it was true or not, but seemed to characterize the vpolitics to the letter. The story goes:
That a Territiorial Senator was brought up on ethic charges for bribing citizens for votes. The Senator’s adversaries had a star witness against the Senator. During the hearing the witness was asked “Did you vote for the Senator? The witness replied “yes.” The witness was then asked “Is it true that The Senator gave you Five dollars?” Again the witness replied “Yes”. Then the witness was then told “Then it is true he bought your vote!” The witness replied: “No, He did not buy my vote.” The Hearing chairman was very upset and reminded the witness he was under oath and that he just told those present the Senator had given him 5 dollars. The witness replied I KNOW, and I am being truthful. The Hearing chair then asked “then why did you (the witness) vote for the Senator? The witness replied that he voted for the Senator “because I liked him.” B The Chair then asked the witness why he liked the Senator, the witness replied: I like anybody who gives me five dollars!”