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
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.