(A Union version of Missouri activity)
The Springfield Republican, May 29, 1861
The Missouri troops at Jefferson City, organized under the requisition of Gov. Jackson, refused to disband, according to the terms of agreement of General Harney and General Price. It is alleged that great dissatisfaction is expressed by the secessionists at the arrangements alluded to.
Considerable excitement prevails at Jefferson City in consequence of the discovery of an attempt to poison the federal troops by putting arsenic in the flour from which their bread is made. It appears that a Union man is baker to the troops, and a secessionist, in order to effect his destruction, had made an arrangement with a negress to poison the bread. She informed against him, and spies were placed so as to overhear the conversation between him and the woman, when he was arrested and placed in jail.
A proposition was made to hang him, but it was overruled.