from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The man who is in charge of the trackmen employed on a section of a railroad and is responsible for the maintenance of way for his section.
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An instant the section-boss stared, then with the promptitude of the old railroader seized his cap, exclaiming "Go ahead!" and together they dashed out to the gate, and across the tracks in the direction of the tool-house.
"I'm going for the section-boss, and see if we can't board the runaways from the hand-car," he explained as he caught up and began struggling into his coat.
Pete McGeeney was a section-boss on the railroad, but what else he was, except the husband of Mrs. McGeeney, is obscure.
The railroad officials tried to copper this play, but fell down, to the mortal terror of the section-boss and one member of the section-gang at Weston.
At nightfall, after having covered about fifteen wretched miles, we reached a construction camp where an American nobleman, disguised as a section-boss, gave us food and lodging in the little palm-leaf shack that served as his temporary home.
And now, "said the section-boss," just how are we going to work this thing? "