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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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"Say, what is in that mat?" and he pointed with his little assegai at the bundle on my shoulders.
Now, my father, I tell you that the marrow melted in my bones with terror, for if I undid the mat I feared he must see the child and then--"
"I will make no medicine," he said, "until I have the goats and the mat and the copper wire."
How she could get three goats and a sleeping mat out of the village and through the jungle to the cave of Bukawai, she did not know, but that she would do it somehow she was quite positive--she would do it or die.
Bukawai saw them go, and he mumbled through his rotting face, swearing a great oath that he would yet have the three fat goats, the new sleeping mat, and the bit of copper wire.
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A huge variety of prayer mats and a difficult choice to make.
These one-piece mats are designed to look like area rugs, but they're softer, easier to clean, and won't shed or accumulate stains or buildup)--and, unlike interlocking puzzle mats and tile mats, they won't let liquids seep through, or come apart during active play.
The village is famous for its high-quality white-coloured sedge mats and coloured, patterned sedge mats.
'It is customary for us to purchase prayer mats and holy books from stalls outside the mosque every year in Ramadan,' Ali said, adding that he prefers thick prayer mats for the long Taraveeh sessions.