Have another Deadwood quote I can't place. The urban dictionary alludes lamp to various womanly and sexual things, but I can't find the whole phrase anywhere.
In Episode 16, Requiem for the gleet, there is dialog between Cy Tolliver and Mr. Wolcott (George Hearsts man in camp) and Mr. Lee, Mr. Wolcott's answer to Mr. Wu, Swearengen's Celestial opium source.
(Wolcott and Cy are seated in the Bella Union, Mr. Lee is standing next to Wolcott.)
Wolcott: Mr. Lee will provide opium to you exclusively for sale to whites in the camp. You will receive 50% of the gaming proceeds from Celestial's Alley.
Cy: (looks at Wolcott) My men will lamp the take. It will spare Mr. Lee here explaining how slow business was 'cause of Buddha's wedding anniversary. (chuckles)
Wolcott: Your men lamp the take; also on proceeds from Celestial prostitutes. How many do you want?
Cy: How many can you bring? (Wolcott looks to Mr. Lee)
MrLee: How many?
Cy: That- that sounds like a man with an inexhaustible supply. How much English do you have, my friend? (Mr. Lee just looks at Cy.) Maybe when we get to know each other better. (pauses) I'll take a dozen, and I don't want 'em fucked out. I set the rates. The upkeep's on him.
Wolcott: And my understanding is the upkeep is quite minimal.
Cy: Good! Gives him more to spend on Mah-Jongg. (chuckles) I won't question the apparent one-sidedness of our arrangement.
Wolcott: Uh, the arrangement is not yours and Mr. Lee's alone.
Cy: Yes, and in ways that I don't understand, it must benefit you and the man whose name I must never say, to have Mr. Lee in camp; and perhaps Mr. Wu out of it, maybe among the spirits of his ancestors. But what a blessing for me, finally to reach a point in life where I don't feel I have to know. (He chuckles, puff on his cigar.)
So, what can "my men lamp the take" mean when referring to Celestial (Asian) whores?