Sergeant at arms

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SERGEANT AT ARMS, An officer appointed by a legislative body, whose duties are to enforce the orders given by such bodies, generally under the warrant of its presiding officer.

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If half the stories I have heard are true, when it comes to unravelling a mystery, there isn't the equal in England of Sergeant Cuff
Superintendent Seegrave, returning to us at his appointed time, and hearing that the Sergeant was expected, instantly shut himself up in a room, with pen, ink, and paper, to make notes of the Report which would be certainly expected from him.
You see, blacksmith," said the sergeant, who had by this time picked out Joe with his eye, "we have had an accident with these, and I find the lock of one of 'em goes wrong, and the coupling don't act pretty.
said the off-hand sergeant, "as it's on his Majesty's service.
But, I say," remarked the police sergeant, whose slow, bucolic common sense was still pondering the open window.
I've heard," said the sergeant, "that it was usually raised at sunset.
he said to the sergeant, "I believe you are impudent to me
He unfolded the paper, presented it to the sergeant with one hand and with the other took a pistol from his holsters and cocked it.
After much disputing and arguing, Major-General Grekov with two Cossack regiments decided to go with the Polish sergeant.
Now, remember," said Count Orlov-Denisov to the sergeant at parting, "if you have been lying I'll have you hanged like a dog; but if it's true you shall have a hundred gold pieces
The sergeant, with his head raised, appeared to be watching the moment when the gentleman should appear, to address him.
That happens very well," said the sergeant, "for we were about to request you to do so.