Items of Interest

Figures have been compiled from public documents to prove that the actual cost of war between nations in the nineteenth century amounted in all to forty thousand millions of dollars. That sum of money would buy the French nation complete. Everything that the French people possess,—lands, houses, shops, ships, gold, silver, jewels, mines, merchandise,—everything that thirty-nine million Frenchmen possess could be duplicated for the sum of money spent by the world on war in a single century. Such a sum would buy the German empire entire. It would purchase the great Russian empire and leave five billion dollars to spare. It would buy everything possessed by Italy, Belgium, Spain, the Netherlands, Portugal, and Switzerland, and leave six billion dollars to spare. This sum is equivalent to nearly one-half of all the wealth possessed by the United States.

The growing importance of the French-African colonial empire has led to serious consideration as to whether or not there should be created a new department for the colonies of North Africa with a minister having the sole direction of Tunis, Algeria, and Morocco, of which so large a percentage of the population is white. At the present time each colony is directed by a separate minister. Tunis comes under the minister of foreign affairs, Algeria the minister of the interior, Morocco the minister of war, and Central Africa the minister of the colonies. This anomaly largely accounts for much of the existing difficulty in dealing with French colonial administration in northern Africa by blocking the way to the needed reforms.

Long Life
May 16, 1914

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