from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The chief executive officer of an amt.
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_Arcturus_ -- the only steamer that ever touches here -- the principal amtman, upon perceiving the vessel in the distance, immediately proceeds to organize the army and navy for a grand display.
The appearance of Captain Andersen on deck is politely acknowledged by the amtman, who thereupon orders his men to pull alongside, when the two cabin-boys and the cook kindly assist him over the gangway.
The amtman and his young bride spent this portion of their honey-moon performing a kind of duet that reminded me of my friend Ross Wallace's lines in
Nothing farther took place to admonish us of the consequences of the trespass till our return from Iceland, when the principal amtman came on board with a formidable placard, neatly written, and translated into the three court languages of the place -- Danish,
Islands, and the upright and inexorable character of the governor and principal amtman, I must relate an incident that occurred under my own observation.
Among them was a newly-appointed amtman for the district of Reykjaness, with a very accomplished young wife.
It was neatly folded and carefully done up, with various seals and blue ribbons, in a package about six inches wide by eighteen in length, and was guarded by the select half of the Faroese army and navy, being exactly twelve men, and delivered by the amtman of the island with a few appropriate and impressive remarks, after which it was hung up over the cabin gangway by the captain as a solemn warning to all future passengers.