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Can anybody, please, explain the meaning of the following sentence, taken from Mark Twain's "The Loves Of Alonzo Fitz Clarence And Rosannah Ethelton":
"The mourners go about the streets with their umbrellas running streams from the end of every whalebone."
My understanding of the whalebone is taken from webster's dictionary. Namely, "a horny keratinous substance found in two rows of transverse plates which hang down from the upper jaws of baleen whales" or "an article made of whalebone," which shed no light whatsoever on the meaning of the sentence.