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The Civil Lists of Europe.

In England (says the “ San Francisco Bulletin”) the ciyil Usfc has been subject to considerable vicissitudes. The first sovereign of the House of Brunswick got as much as a million a year. George TV. found no difficulty in getting through the L 900,000 a year that Parliament allowed him, which was still farther reduced for the “Sailor King.” Queen Victoria’s (is( js fixed by the statute of 1837 at L'185,000 per annum. In impecunious countries the sovereign hfts tft Put hl s coat according to his cloth. Thus, the liigsdag only allows the King of Denmark about L 55.000 a year, and the King of the Netherlands gets about the same amount. King Luis, of Portugal has L 32.000 a year to spend, while the Spanish Cortes, by* an Act of June, 187 C, made Alfonso XII. an allowance pf 7,000,000 pesetas, or L280,C00 a year—a rather hcitry drain on a country that has. nearly run dry, The Emperor William, with his excessively simple tastes and bourgeois habits, must find it impossible to get through the more than 4,000,000 thalers of his civil list, especially as he enjoys the income as well of a considerable landed property 5 whU§ the L 616,904 a year which tire Italians pay King Humbert for the luxury of poa? seauing one king over one kingdom is a good deal to take from them when we consider iheir present circumstances and how their debit and credit account stands.

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The Civil Lists of Europe. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 40, 27 December 1879

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