Why us Uncle Billy so different from the others in "The Outcasts of Poker Flat"?
Billy is exiled from Poker Flat for being a drunken nuisance and a suspected thief. The women are expelled for prostitution, and Oakhurst's "crime" is that he is a little too successful at poker and the men whom he has beaten at cards resent him. It is arguable that since neither prostitution nor gambling is illegal in this time and place, Billy is the only likely criminal exiled, if he has indeed stolen from sluices.
Once on the trail, Billy shows his true colors. Knowing a storm is coming, he slinks away under cover of night with the horses and extra provisions. In doing so, he is guilty not only of theft, but of contributing to the...
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