THE KAISER'S SALARY.
PROPOSAL FOR AN ADDITION. . A report, which is described as being based on the best authority (writes a Berlin correspondent), is circulated.to the effect that it is intended to introduce a Bill in the Prussian Diet providing for an increase of the Civil Liet of the Emperor as King of Prussia. His Majesty now receives from the State an annual sum of £785,965, and the last increase, which amounted to £150,000, was made in 1889, in the second year of His Majesty's reign. The reason given for the present demand is that the cost of living has increased of late years to such an extent that the Imperial Family finds it difficult to meet expenses. It is pointed out that this general increase in the cost of living in Germany has already necessitated a corresponding increase of the salaries paid to Ministers of the Crown, and has led to a universal demand that the salaries and wages of other State officials shall ako be raised. It is further- stated that the Emperor has to provide for his large family out of his own private purse, as no special fund is placed at his disposal for this purpose. In 1820 the Civil List of the King of Prussia amounted to £385,000. It wa6 raised in 1858 by £75,000,' and again in 1868 by a further £150,000., In reference to the Kaisers demand for increased pay, it may be mentioned that King Edward receives £470,000, and the other members of the Royal Family receive just over £100,000. _ The Kaiser, however, is not the best-paid monarch in Europe. The Emperor of Russia cornea' before him with a household allowance of £1,600,000, and the Austrian Emperor receives £940,000 from the two portions of ■• the monarchy. The King of Italy has' £640,000 a year. The French President has a salary and allowances amounting to £48,000, "and the American President has but- £10,000.
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