What happens to the four outcasts at the end of "Outcasts of Poker Flat"?

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There are four main outcasts in “The Outcasts of Poker Flat” who end up dying or disappearing throughout the story.  The first outcast to go is Uncle Billy.  On the group’s first night outside of Poker Flat, Uncle Billy leaves the camp and steals their transportation and food.  Mother Shipton dies of starvation half-way through the story.  When the outcasts realize that Uncle Billy has left with their food, they must ration the food.  Mother Shipton decides not to eat anything in order to save the food for the younger girls – Piney (not an outcast) and the Dutchess.  The Dutchess ends up freezing to death while waiting for John Oakhurst to return and John Oakhurst finally kills himself at the end of the story.

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