The paper, which was found in a bottle, was dated to the 4th of September, 1870, the memorable day on which the Third Republic was established, and Empress Eugenie fled from Paris. It purports to give a list of jewels brought to the Empress by Senor Manuel Perez of Madrid, to be handed over to her in Paris.
The Empress is referred to throughout by her maiden name of the Countess de Montijo .
The total value of the jewels and other articles enumerated is given as $1,350,000, and among the separate items mentioned are two pearl bracelets, given to the Empress by Queen Victoria and worth $130,000; a pearl and diamond necklace, presented by the Czar of Russia, and worth $100,000; and Bank of France bills for $400,000.
Careful search around the spot where the bottle was found revealed the presence of human bones, and the discovery, if genuine, has all the elements of a romantic mystery.
The identity of Manuel Perez, who is described as bringing the valuables from Madrid, has not yet been cleared up .