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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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HOW GERMANY SPENT THE FRENCH WAR INDEMNITY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 79, 27 March 1880

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HOW GERMANY SPENT THE FRENCH WAR INDEMNITY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 79, 27 March 1880

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