The Wheelbarrow looked for new owner and found a house which new owner seemed to live in.
The snow lay in drifts against the windows, so the Wheelbarrow took a run at one of them and managed to get high enough to look in. And there was a little boy asleep.By the stove stood a box with a string tied to it. That was all he had in the way of a wheel barrow. 'There, I thought so!' said the Wheelbarrow. 'This is the place for me.'
This context is from a short story "Jumping Jack and his friends" in "Little Old Mrs Pepperpot"
I couldn't understand this sentence "That was all he had in the way of a wheel barrow". And why does the Wheelbarrow decide this house? Does this sentence relate with the reason?