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PostPosted: Sun Jun 04, 2006 11:09 am 
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If you have ever read Mark Twain's "Roughing it", and have come across the story "Buck Fanshaw's Funeral" (CHAPTER XLVII) please help me with the meaning of the following sentences:

"There'll be a kerridge for you; and whatever you want, you just 'scape out and we'll 'tend to it. We've got a shebang fixed up for you to stand behind, in No. 1's house, and don't you be afraid. Just go in and toot your horn, if you don't sell a clam."

I have a problem understanding the underlined.
What does he mean here by a shebang? The meanings from the dictionary do not make any sense.
I guess by tooting a horn he means "go and talk to them" or "go and preach" or something like that, but what does he mean by "sell a clam"?

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Mark Twain used [shebang] to describe a vehicle, as well as "any matter of present concern".
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shebang

There doesn't seem to be much explanation for the other phrase.
William Lewis Manly also used the expression "toot your horn if you don't sell a clam" in his "Death Valley in '49". Maybe he was quoting Twain.
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/12236/12236.txt


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Thank you man for answering.
Nobody else cared to answer.
Let me check the links, maybe I could find something usefull.


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I think if I'm correct shebang can also mean thingamajing. At least that is what I thought it meant.

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