Traces of old burned books found
MONTREAL—Archeologists have uncovered a reminder of the heritage items lost by the destruction of Canada’s pre-Confederation parliament in Montreal.
The charred remains of seven books have been recovered from a dig at the Old Montreal site since last week, officials involved in the dig said yesterday.
About 24,000 books and documents—some of them dating back to the original colony of New France—were destroyed in an 1849 fire.
A mob of English speakers burned down the parliament in a fit of fury against plans by the government of the day to compensate francophone landowners for losses during the 1837-38 rebellions.