Of the expenditure a large amount is absorbed by interest on debt.
The annual expenditure on tobacco was 5s.
The state, the departments, and the communes were thus relieved from the payment of salaries and grants to religious bodies, an item of expenditure which amounted in the last year of the old system to 1,101,000 paid by the state and 302,200 contributed by the departments and communes.
According to the census returns of 1895, the total mileage was 496 m., representing a capital expenditure of $84,044,581 paper.
The revenue of the republic is derived mainly from customs and excise, and the largest item of expenditure is the service of the public debt.