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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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So I would like to thank Mr De Matas and all his staff for what they did for me on Ward 4X.
The greenhouse is full they're out the door, There's no spare room for any more, It's mata time, Big Ron is glad, It's the best crop he's ever had.
Juan Mata said he is satisfied with the location and has had good response for the eatery from the community so far.
Eleven years later, Mata is experienced enough in the business to want to branch out and try something new.
The 16-year-old Mata who had been with the Red Devils since 2012 had been on trial earlier this year and has impressed scouts to earn a youth contract.