from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as mess-boy.


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  • I was galley-boy, mess-man, the lowest of callings

    Men of the Sea

  • A mess office is provided, and all the accessories required for the mess waiters 'department, including pantry, plate-closet and cellarage, and for the kitchen or mess-man's department, with also a quarter for the mess-man.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3 "Banks" to "Bassoon"

  • The mess-man takes an ice-axe and chips frozen seal meat in the passage by the light of a blubber lamp.

    South with Scott

  • I took my message to the old farm where the officers was billeted an 'the mess-man takes my note in.

    Between the Lines

  • They announce that mess-man Pepere is going to the rear, to be sent to a Territorial regiment, having come under the operation of the Dalbiez Act. "That's a hint for Blaire," says Carassus, who has a funny big nose in the middle of his face that suits him ill.

    Under Fire: the story of a squad

  • Ritchie Sahib had left half a dozen bottles of the latter, but since the Sahib was a friend of Ritchie Sahib, and he, the mess-man, was a poor man --

    Soldiers Three

  • Then to the mess-man: 'Easy with them there bottles.

    Soldiers Three

  • The mess-man was there, and would see that a man held my horse.

    Soldiers Three

  • The mess-man had done his best; a tent-maker had come down from town to build a canvas hall, draped red and white; and a local man had fitted the marquee with gas and floor complete for a supper-room.

    The Queen's Scarlet The Adventures and Misadventures of Sir Richard Frayne

  • Then to the mess-man: "Easy with them there bottles.

    Indian Tales


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