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Sisters, Julia Lyon and Emeline Skipwarth, reunited after 40 years



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Special Telegram to the Inter Ocean.

BATTLE CREEK, Mich., Nov. 19.--Forty years ago Julia and Emeline, two sisters, were slaves upon the plantation of a master by the name of Hall, in Kentucky. Emeline left her sister one night, and with a party of fugitives crossed the Ohio River at Cincinnati, and by means of the underground railroad made her escape to Michigan and thence to Battle Creek, where she has since resided, the wife of Joseph Skipwarth, now dead. In all these years she has never heard of her sister until recently, when by accident she learned that she was now Mrs. Julia Lyon, living on a farm near Troy, Ohio, in good circumstance. Yesterday Mrs. Lyon arrived in this city, and the meeting of the two sisters after forty years separation was very affecting. Mrs. Skipmarth is one of our most respected colored ladies, and the two happy sisters have received a number of calls to-day from our leading citizens. The reminiscenses of slavery days and their escape by the underground railway, out of the changes which have since taken place, are of the most interesting nature.

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