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What's the meaning of this sentence ?

"My mother could organize a Trust on that one that would skin the tax-collars off the whole herd"

Context: "He was a renowned scientist. I do not know what the word means, but my mother would know how to use it and get effects. She would know how to depress a rat-terrier with it and make a lap-dog look sorry he came. But that is not the best one; the best one was Laboratory. My mother could organize a Trust on that one that would skin the tax-collars off the whole herd."

Source: A Dog's Tale

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This is a very high level of English even for native speakers. I'm impressed!

I looked around for the best answer, and I think I found it.

A tax-collar is the same as a tax-limit. We usually say a tax-cap.

"Skin the tax collars off the whole herd" might mean to remove any financial limits.

Because the dog is telling us how her mom uses this word to organize a Trust, or a function (maybe a fundraiser of some kind), the sentence might mean:

"My mother can use that word so well she can organize a function without any limitations."

Mark Twain's idea of tax might be something more like a fee. So he might be talking about collecting money at a fundraiser.

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