from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A large can of heavy tin or galvanized iron employed by fish-culturists in the transportation of live fish.
- n. A can used to contain cooked or preserved fish.
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Crack felt that something was happening, and left off smelling the empty fish-can.
In his life he had seen many strange things, but never a thing like this -- a white man who of his own choice drank spring-water from a fish-can and poured good whisky upon his feet!
"Horribly wet," he said to himself; "fishing-rod broken and lost, fish-can gone, and -- ah!