Workers uncorked a rare piece of Prohibition history when they found a 101-year-old message in a bottle under a defaced government statue in Manitoba, Canada.
A letter lamenting the ban on alcohol dated July 30, 1921 was discovered under the base of the toppled statue of Queen Victoria outside the offices of the city’s Legislative Assembly, CTV Canada reported.
“He says, ‘Because of the ban, we cannot adhere to the custom of putting a bottle of cognac under the stone, for which we are extremely sorry,'” Government Services Minister Reg Helwer said.
The century-old note referring to the tradition of good fortune was signed by a stonemason along with Manitoba’s then-deputy minister of public works.
Workers were removing the statue after protesters toppled it last year, ripped its head off and threw it into the nearby Assiniboine River during a rally at the graves of Indigenous children.
Officials are now considering how best to preserve the thought-provoking historical document.
“Apparently there are things of this nature around the legislature. When we move stones, we discover things like this,” Helwer said.