The sultan's hcir is nothis eldest son, by his eldest brotlisr. The eldest male succeeds. Such is the law of Islam, anl the fruitfu] source of dynasty murdeis in almost every reign since the Turks became a power, says the London Echo. The sultan has four brothers; not one, only, as was lately alleged. This eldest brother is Eechad Effendi; that is to say, he is the eldest after ex-Sultau Murad V., who, being1 insane, is not counted. The third brother is Waredin, and the fourth Suliman. The sultan's eldest son, Prince Selim, has no earthly chance of succeeding his father. He has too many úneles and úneles' sons for that. But Prince Selim is lucky, if he knows it, for he is not "dangerous." He lives a life of freedom, whereas the heir is, by the eustom of the Ottomans, a kind of life prisoner. Eechad Effendi is rarely seen. Every time he drives out he is escorted by a troop, less by way of an escort than as a guard. The few who do know lnni like him, for he is said to be a courteous, humane, well-inf ormed man, acquainted with current politics and keenly interested in them. He is a good farmer. The pretty palace known as the Teheragan is his residence. Of course, Eechad's visitors are searched before they are admitted, and when they are leaving, by the sultan's officials. During this time of trouble in Armenia, Constantinople and Crete, Eechad has been morQ narrowly watched than ever, for the sultan and his elique know that Eechad is popular. Unlike the sultan, Eechad is one of the most handsomé men in Constantinople.