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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 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.
Grimly the fingers tightened upon the mate's throat.
"That's so," confirmed the second mate, suddenly, in his slightly hoarse voice.
Her mate had slowly relaxed from his crouch and was watching her.
And here, sure enough, is my mate Bill, with a spy-glass under his arm, bless his old 'art, to be sure.
The mate, or commander, brought six men with him in his boat; but these poor wretches looked like skeletons, and were so weak that they could hardly sit to their oars.
The mate mused on: 'And of course you haven't known the ship as she used to be.
Rushed on deck, and ran against mate. Tells me he heard cry and ran, but no sign of man on watch.
I guv the mate his course, an' the bearun' o' the Askthar Light astern.
He was certainly not more than thirty, and the elderly mate, with a murmur to me of "That's my old man," proceeded to give instances of the natural unhandiness of the ship in a sort of deprecatory tone, as if to say, "You mustn't think I bear a grudge against her for that."
Sometimes, even now, in my old age, I have bad dreams in which I hear that mate yell, Yah!
At his side raced his shaggy mate, only a trifle smaller than he and no whit less savage.