Arkansas City Traveler, September 8, 1886.
Who is L. P. King?
EDITOR TRAVELER: I was in your city not long since, when the question was asked, who is L. P. King? Our county is growing so rapidly in wealth and population, and local interests absorb so much attention, that the question, by those who have recently come among us, who is the man that is put forward to represent our district in the state legislature, and what is his character? is one that deserves a truthful answer. There are others who, perhaps, could better reply to this than I, but I am not sure it will be done, and so with your indulgence, I will tell as nearly as I can what I know of the Hon.
L. P. King.
I have been acquainted with Mr. King for eight years--five years a neighbor--and hence will be presumed to know something.
Mr. King is a native of Illinois; is 36 years old; came to Kansas, with his parents, in 1854, received his education in the common schools of Kansas, and is of course identified with her growth and prosperity.
Mr. King=s father went out in the Eighth Kansas volunteers at his country=s call and was killed in 1863. The boy, Louis, was too young to take his father=s place, which he would gladly have done, but he did the next best thing, sought and obtained a place as clerk in the quartermaster department, and served nearly two years.
L. P. King came to Cowley County in 1871 and has lived here since, teaching school winters and farming during summer. He has met with a fair measure of success, and while he is not rich, he is in comfortable circumstances, and is not a seller of place because of failure in everything else. He is an earnest Republican, a strictly honest and conscientious man, and we who know him best believe him incorruptible as to legislative jobbery.
He was elected two years ago to the legislature from this district, served his constitutents faithfully and now the Republicans of Beaver Township are going to ask the Republicans of the district to compliment Mr. King for his faithfulness in the past by returning him as our representative this fall. We think this should be done for the best interests of the district, as well as an act of justice, and in recognition of the faithful service of an honest public servant.
I could say much more in Mr. King=s favor; but abstain, lest I be charged with writing a eulogy. H. W. MASON, M. D.
Tannehill, Sept. 4, 1886.