The citizenry of Poker Flat had a subset, that being the secret committee that was dedicated to ridding Poker Flat of undesirable personages. Some persons were removed "permanently" by way of a rope and tall tree branch. Others were made outcasts by the secret committee and escorted out of town by "a body of armed men."
The main character, and therefore the main outcast, was Mr. Oakhurst, a gambler who was acquainted with the powers "Fate." He had narrowly avoided being another occupant of the tree branch. The other outcasts, who were escorted out along with Mr. Oakhurst, were Mother Shipton, Duchess and Uncle Billy.