his dinner or not. More and more, he became absorbed in politics.
It is said, by one who worked beside him at Erie
, that he could tell the name, post-office address, and something of the history and political leanings, of every member of Congress; and that he could give the particulars of every important election that had occurred within his recollection, even, in some instances, to the county majorities.
And thus, in earnest work and earnest reading, seven profitable and not unhappy months passed swiftly away.
He never lost one day's work.
On Sundays, he read, or walked along the shores of the lake, or sailed over to the Island
His better fortune made no change either in his habits or his appearance; and his employer was surprised, that month after month passed, and yet his strange journeyman drew no money.
Once, Mr. Sterritt
ventured to rally him a little upon his persistence in wearing the hereditary homespun, saying, ‘Now, Horace, you have a good deal of money coming to you; don't go about the town any longer in that outlandish rig. Let me give you an order, on the store.
Dress up a little, Horace.’
To which Horace replied, looking down at the “ outlandish rig,” as though he had never seen it before, ‘You see, Mr. Sterritt
, my father is on a new place, and I want to help him all I can.’
However, a short time after, Horace did
make a faint effort to dress up a little; but the few articles which he bought were so extremely coarse and common, that it was a question in the office whether his appearance was improved by the change, or the contrary.
At the end of the seventh month, the man whose sickness had made a temporary vacancy in the office of the Gazette, returned to his place, and there was, in consequence, no more work for Horace Greeley
Upon the settlement of his account, it appeared that he had drawn for his personal expenses during his residence at Erie
, the sum of six dollars
! Of the remainder of his wages, he took about fifteen dollars in money, and the rest in the form of a note; and with all this wealth in his pocket, he walked once more to his father's house.
This note the generous fellow gave to his father, reserving the money to carry on his own personal warfare with the world.
And now, Horace was tired of dallying with fortune in country