National Geographic : 1918 Dec
©Underwood &Underwood MEMBERS OF THE FRENCH ARMY OF OCCUPATION IN METZ WELCOMED BY THEIR COMPATRIOTS, NOW DELIVERED FROM GERMANY AFTER HALF A CENTURY Poilus in the French army of occupation were received with jovous acclaim by the people of Alsace-Lorraine, the once lost provinces ofFrance now restored. These provinces embrace a territory less than half as large as the State of Maryland. The population in1910o was 1,874,014. According to David Blumenthal, formerly mayor of the city of Colmar, this population includes 1,500,000 Alsaces-Lorraines ofFrench descent who themselves or their parents were born in Alsace-Lorraine before May I, 1871, and who, except for the Treaty ofFrankfort, would have been French. The aliens (notably the Italians, French, Swiss, and the people of Luxembourg) make upacontingent of75,000. The rest, 300,000 inall, are German immigrants since the war of 1870-71 and their descendants.