a. A mark or number placed on every car of coal or ore a miner sends out, usually a metal ticket. By counting these, a tally is made of all the cars the miner sends out. See also: tab; tag; ticket. Fay
b. A brass tag attached to a chain at every tenth link, and so marked or shaped as to enable the position of the tally along the chain to be immediately read. CTD
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