"The fact is," Barras said, assuming his Director's tone, "it costs us a great
deal to keep our men in arms. Over half our revenues go to the Ministry of War.
A standing army of five hundred thousand requires...how much would you
guess a day, simply in sacks of wheat? Over six hundred," he said,not waiting
for a guess. "Six hundred and fifty," Ouvrand corrected. "Seven hundred head
of cattle, seventy thousand sacks of oats- a day.
The horses alone require two million bales a day."
from: Tales of Passion Tales of Woe
by: Sandra Gulland