home rebels, whose treason has been now declared and placed within reach of punishment.
Mattoon citizens will never forget how near the war came home to them.
The Chicago Tribune has the following article on the affair:
Both coles and Edgar counties furnish striking proof and warning to all other counties in the State, that no local office can safely be entrusted to disloyal men. Two meaner tools of the rebellion cannot be found in Illinois than the two infamous brothers, wm S. O'Hair, Sheriff of Edgar county, and John S O'Hair, Sheriff of Celes county.
Their father is ex-Sheriff Mike O'Hair, of Edgar, and both are "chips of the old block," and of the three it may be said that it is a misfortune to the loyal cause that the three are out of reach of the rebel conscription, which would find them ready made to its uses, and far less dangerous to us in the rebel service.
The share of Sheriff John O'Hair, of coles county, in the late disturbances, is set down in our desp