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MATE. The second officer on board of a merchant ship or vessel.
     2. He has the right to sue in the admiralty as a common mariner for wages. 1. Pet. Adm. Dee. 246.
     3. When, on the death of the master, the mate assumes the command, he succeeds to the rights and duties of the principal officer. 1 Sumn. 157; 3 Mason, 161; 4 Mason, 196; See 7 Conn. 239; 4 Mason, 641 4 Wash. C. C. 838.

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The mate ob- served regretfully that he "could not account for that young fellow's whims.
The woman had found a revolver in a table drawer in the room in which she had been locked, and now she kept the mate of the Kincaid at bay with the weapon.
Her mate had slowly relaxed from his crouch and was watching her.
Retired worn out, slept soundly, awakened by mate telling me that both man of watch and steersman missing.
I guv the mate his course, an' the bearun' o' the Askthar Light astern.
You see, that mate, with his black boys, had not been drowned.
This was precisely what Raja and his mate were doing--they were turning the lidi back toward me, or at least Raja was.
Our young friend listened to the mate with a queer sense of discomfort growing on him.
At the same time I ordered the mate to go into the great cabin, and see what condition the poor passengers were in; and if they were alive, to comfort them, and give them what refreshment was proper: and the surgeon gave him a large pitcher, with some of the prepared broth which he had given the mate that was on board, and which he did not question would restore them gradually.
That was the name he had heard the mate repeatedly call Captain Van Horn.
And when I had pointed out the rock and told him how the captain was likely to return, and how soon, and answered a few other questions, "Ah," said he, "this'll be as good as drink to my mate Bill.
he exclaimed, contemplating the melancholy result, "had I but chosen a mate for myself with half the care that I did for my Dog I should now be a proud and happy father.