Only a guess but I read "cane" as "sugar cane" and "cane heads" as some sort of candy.  But I think it more likely that cane means walking stick.  Dweebish sorts of fellows are often described in older literature as sitting and sucking the heads of their canes as a baby does its pacifier.

I don't remember the context here, but the latter seems to fit the case.


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I'm reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, in chapter 5 it read "...for they had stood in the vestibule sucking their cane heads, a circling wall of oiled and simpering admirers...", I don't quite understand what the young men are doing, is "sucking their cane heads " a metaphor? Can someone explain it?