SHIPS OF WAR, BUDGETS, AND PERSONNEL.
The budget of the Ministry of Marine has been passed, as well as an extraordinary vote of 75,000,000 kronen. In addition to 8 new torpedo-boats of an improved type, with engines developing 2000 I. H. P., giving a speed of 26 knots, the construction of all the new ships is to be hastened. When defending the increased outlay before the delegations, Admiral Baron Spaun, the Minister of Marine, stated that "with the new credits, in a year and a half we shall have the same number of battleships as we had in 1870; but without them we should have had to wait eleven years for the reconstruction of the fleet." The Minister further explained that, as the result of the lessons of the Russo-Japanese war, a considerable sum must be expended on the better protection of the harbor and roadstead at Pola. He also stated that it was intended to construct one submarine for experimental purposes.
THE PERSONNEL AND MATERIEL OF THE FLEET.—The whole personnel of the fleet actively employed amounts to 10,906 officers and men, of whom 3122 officers and men are employed on shore service and 7784 afloat.