long and stooping body.
He was somewhat timorous in his intercourse with strangers.
He would not intrude upon their attention; he had not the faculty of pushing his way, and proclaiming his merits and his desires.
To the arts by which men are conciliated, by which unwilling ears are forced to attend to an unwelcome tale, he was utterly a stranger.
Moreover, he had neglected to bring with him any letters of recommendation, or any certificate of his skill as a printer.
It had not occurred to him that anything of the kind was necessary, so unacquainted was he with the life of cities.
His first employment was to find a boarding-house where he could live a long time on a small sum. Leaving the green Battery on his left hand, he strolled off into Broad-street
, and at the corner of that street and Wall discovered a house that in his eyes had the aspect of a cheap tavern.
He entered the bar-room, and asked the price of board.
‘I guess we're too high for you,’ said the bar-keeper, after bestowing one glance upon the inquirer.
‘Well, how much a week do you charge?’
‘Yes, that's more than I can afford,’ said Horace with a laugh at the enormous mistake he had made in inquiring at a house of such pretensions.
He turned up Wall-street
, and sauntered into Broadway
Seeing no house of entertainment that seemed at all suited to his circumstances, he sought the water once more, and wandered along the wharves of the North River
as far as Washington-market.
Boarding-houses of the cheapest kind, and drinking-houses of the lowest grade, the former frequented chiefly by emigrants, the latter by sailors, were numerous enough in that neighborhood.
A house, which combined the low groggery and the cheap boarding-house in one small establishment, kept by an Irishman named McGorlick
, chanced to be the one that first attracted the rover's attention.
It looked so mean and squalid, that he was tempted to enter, and again inquire for what sum a man could buy a week's shelter and sustenance.
‘Twenty shillings,’ was the landlord's reply.
‘A,’ said Horace, ‘that sounds more like it.’
He engaged to board with Mr. McGorlick
on the instant, and