ACROSS THE The Eldest Son of the Shah of Persia Late Said to Have Been the.Unsti- gator of His. Father's Assasination. ENGLAND'S SCHEMES. Encroachments in:North and South Africa. The Political Situation France as Mixed as it is in Kansas. in ranch at to im (Copyrighted ISM by the Associated Press.) London, Eng.. May 1. —It Is rumored In this city that the assassination of the shah uf Persia was brought about by the machinations of his -eldest son, Alas-sound Mirziu, governor of Ispahan. The latter was born in 1850, -while the new shah, who was proclaimed shah Immediately after the death of the late ehah, second son of the deceased monarch, and was born in 1853; but the latter Is an offspring of a wife of higher rank, and thus was chosen to. succeed his fattier In place of Massoud, his older brother. He has often rebuked Mlrzla for his unrulthess and In 1883 recalled him and only allowed him to return to Ispahan after disbanding some of the regiments and ordering him to pay more than the usual tribute. Massoud Mlrzla, who is also known as the IlleB Sultan, or shadow of the kingdom, resented this treatment, and it was believed that he might.make an attempt to usurp the throne. NEW SHAH IS POPULAR. 'Massoud Jlirzla, who is enormously rich, is unpopular on account o£ hla severity and intolerance, and, on the other hand, Muzafar Ed Din, the new Bhah, is much loved by the people of the province of Azerboljan, where the nPerslan army is chiefly recruited. He Is a keen sportsman, like his father. The discontent of the Babist sect, upon which Massoud Mlrzla Is believed to have worked, is due to the fact that the late shah did not allow them to establish their religion, his refusal to do so being based on representations made to his majesty that it would conflict with the existing falth/im: Persia, and spilt the people Into religious factions. The Bablsts have always been kept In check, and little has-been heard of them for some years past.