China: The Pearl's Grisly Flotsam

Swollen to flood stage by recent rainstorms, the muddy Pearl River last week washed some grisly flotsam onto the shores of the islands that hug South China. On Hong Kong and Macao, 43 bodies drifted to shore—many brutally slashed and six of them trussed, their arms and legs roped to their necks. The Pearl's cargo confirmed, in dramatic fashion, reports from the mainland by travelers, press and radio that the worst factional fighting in a year is spreading throughout much of China, particularly its southern half.

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