from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who carries a lantern.
- n. One who empties privies by lantern-light; a night-man.
- n. One who operates a projection or magic lantern.
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She seemed accustomed to being waited on, and watched without emotion the guard and the solitary railway official -- porter, station-master, telegraph-operator and lantern-man, all rolled into one -- haul her hundredweights of luggage out of the train.
I took the big stone they had loosened with their tools and tumbled it down the well of the stairway, where, after rebounding once, it stuck at the turn and made a good foundation for the barrels, boxes and packages we threw down till the whole space was choke full, and then I danced on the top and defied the lantern-man and Dick to get through in a week.