What happens to the travelers at the camp in "The Outcasts of Poker Flat" by Bret Harte?
The travelers who come through the camp, Tom Simson, otherwise known as the "Innocent," and Piney Woods, with whom Tom has run away, stay with the outcasts from Poker Flat for a week. When the snowstorms do not abate, Tom rides to Poker Flat for help, and the women huddle together in the cold cabin where they have run out of wood. Piney freezes to death, as do the other women. Mr. Oakhurst dies in a gulch outside.
Because the dissolute Uncle Billy absconds with the provisions and the mules, Mr. Oakhurst and a woman from the saloon, named Duchess, with another known as "Mother Shipton" are left with nothing on which to survive and no means of traveling through the high country where...
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