The official Chinese media reported for the first time yesterday that a death resulted from the political struggles following the [WORD ILLEGIBLE] of four leading leaders in October.
The Kansu provincial radio monitored here said a [WORD ILLEGIBLE] chemical worker, Wand Hui-ju, "bravely [WORD ILLEGIBLE] herself in resolute face-to-face struggle [WORD ILLEGIBLE] active counterrevolutionary elements" on [WORD ILLEGIBLE] 22.
Communist Party Chairman Hua Kuo-fen has said [WORD ILLEGIBLE] Peking on Oct. 6 occurred without bloodshed, but he apparently was not referring to subsequent struggles in outlying provinces, where there have been unofficial reports of other deaths and injuries.
Officials in Shanghai told reporters accompanying British opposition leader Margaret Thatcher yesterday that administrators of the city tried to mount an insurrection by the million-strong militia there after the "Gang of Four" radical leaders were arrested in October. The city was considered the stronghold of the group led by Mao Tse-tung's widow Chiang Ching.
According to an official's account, the followers of the four "tired to hoodwink the masses" by failing to reveal their arrest. When the word circulated, the insurrection collapsed because of public sympathy with the arrests, the official said.
In Peking, Vice Premier Li Hsein-nien met with President Carter's son Chip on his 27th birthday, wished him happiness and said that "according to CHinese custom you may now get married."
CHina's birth-control stress holding off marriage until the 27th year, but Hsien's comment came late to Chip, who is already married. He is accompanying a congressional delegation.
Agence France-Presse, meanwhile, wuoted travelers arriving in Peking from Canton as saying five persons have been sentenced to death there for common law crimes.