The million-peopled city
The immense Cost of the Pensioners to the Nation, even at the Present Day.
The large body of men still alive who have been as privates in our wars, and the great cost which the nation has yet to incur in their pensions, is shown by the following extract from the " of , , on the army estimates of the year:-" There are (still) 63,000 out-pensioners from the , of whom about 10,000 receive 6d., and 16,000, ls. per diem, the pensions of the others varying from 5d. to 2s. 6d. For the 'military organization' of these men a demand is made of 44,650l. Altogether, the total expenditure upon out- pensioners, their payment, superintendence, and military organization, amounts to no less than 1,235,800l.-a sum equivalent to one-third of the whole charge for the land forces." During the present year, the cost of out-pensioners was 8,997l. above the cost of the preceding year.