The boss of the choppers moved along to give Wade the end of the “deacon seat,” and grinned amiably.
Directly over the foot-pole, running parallel with it, and in front of the fire, is the "deacon seat."
Formerly the deacon seat was used instead of a table, and a large frying-pan served for a platter for the whole crew.
He was laid upon the deacon seat, and the wound was sewed up by one of the crew with a common sewing-needle.
Thorpe obediently took position on the bench, or "deacon seat."
The deacon seat remained but was supplemented by a half-dozen simple and comfortable chairs.