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Thread #56167   Message #876823
Posted By: GUEST,Bill Kennedy
28-Jan-03 - 02:50 PM
Thread Name: Clementine's shoe size?
Subject: RE: Clemantine's shoe size?
well, by doing a little research, I discovered that Canadian smoked herring is traditionally packed in 18 pound boxes, 61-81 fish per 18 pounds, depending on small medium or large fish sizes, roughly 8 - 10 inches long each fish, small to large, so, number nine sounds about medium for fish, and pretty large for a girl, maybe not so large for a woman, but she is a girl. Though I don't think it's expressed in the song I've always imagined she and her father to be Swedes, maybe the herring boxes gave me that impression. As a miner it was probably smoked herring, not herring packed in ice, in order to keep for a while between trips to a general store somewhere, don't you think?