The master-at-arms was expostulating with one of the new recruits who had reported that afternoon.
The master-at-arms, who had been looking for him, told him that he was wanted on the quarterdeck.
Grant retorted by ordering the master-at-arms to enter if necessary and carry out his orders.
“Boy Rayner, the captain has sent for you into the cabin,” said the master-at-arms.
"I guess you'll have to ask the master-at-arms," rejoined Herc, who was not prepossessed by his questioner's appearance.
You got drunk, sir; take him aft, master-at-arms, and put him in irons.
But a fortunate interruption took place, by the appearance of the master-at-arms.
It had been put out as usual by the master-at-arms; but the refractory one had relighted it.
On passing the entry-port, however, my old friend the master-at-arms hailed me.
Old Hildebrand was his master-at-arms, who had fled with him.