The Question and Answer section for The Outcasts of Poker Flat is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
We aren't told exactly why the two men were hung, but from the text, we can infer that they were responsible for lawlessness.
In point of fact, Poker Flat was “after somebody.” It had lately suffered the loss of several thousand dollars, two...
Yes, they can. Most of them partake in gambling, drinking, and other "vices". They just use the outcasts as scapegoats for their own guilt.
Tom Simson and his fiancée, Piney Woods actually add some energy and hope to their group. The prostitutes actually take a liking to Piney. There is music and even some merriment.