Jack Drew camped in a skillion room behind his printing office, and had his meals at the Royal.
I put the other horses back in the yard, the saddles in the skillion, got on my horse and rode off.
I noticed the storm had taken a sheet of iron off the skillion, and supposed he'd sleep at the Royal that night.
Next day I found one of the skillion rooms scrubbed out and a bed fixed up for me.
A street or district frequented by derelicts, hoboes, drifters, etc, such as the Bowery in New York City
[1931+; fr skid road]