HOW GERMANY SPENT THE FRENCH WAR INDEMNITY.
An account has been lately published of the way in which the indemnity paid by France to Germany on the conclusion of the war of 1870-71 has been spent. Altogether, including the war contributions imposed upon Paris and the departments occupied by the German troops, Germany has received from France the sum of 5,254,000,0901, or about £210,160,000. Of this sum £91,748,513 were in the first instance set aside for imperial purposes, and the remainder was divided among the several states forming the empire, the one North Gorman Confederation receiving £79,114,235 ; Bavaria, £13,468,819 ; Wurtemburg, £4,248,304 ; Baden, £3,050,593 ; and Hesse, £1,436,509. Of the £91,748,543 set aside for Imperial purposes, £28,033,849 have been approriated to form a pension fund; £10,800,000 to strengthen, enlarge, and add to the num ber of the fortified places of the Empire ; £8,580,800 for the purchase and construcof railways in Alsace and Lorraine, and £9,447,142 to improve the fortresses in the two annexed £6,000,000 have been placed in War Treasury ; £600,000 have been awarded in grants for eminent services; £242,740 have been spent in providing a range on which to carry on artillery experiments ; £300,000 have been allotted to German subjects expelled from France, while smaller sums have been appropriated to recompense railway companies for the damage done to their rolling stock; to improve the military, telegraphic, and postal services ; compensate Gorman shipowners for losses sustained during the war ; to extend the military topographical department ; to enlarge the artillery workshops at Strasburg ; to provide commemorative medals, and to construct a building for the Reichstag.—“ Pall Mall Gazette.”
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