What is the summary for Part 1, Chapter 15 of The Underdogs?

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Camilla doesn't show up to the dance.  All are drinking and enjoying themselves, yet Demetrio misses Camilla.  She claimed she was sick with a headache so she wouldn't have to go. 

The men leave the next morning, and the women are again lonely.  The men are seen in the distance making their way to the horizon.  Camilla is so broken hearted that Luis is gone that her eyes are swollen and she's physically a mess.  Her mother Agapita thinks that Camila has been the object of "the evil eye" and needs to have the evil spirits beaten out of her.  So Agapita grabs a leather whip and beats her daughter until the spirits are gone.

The men gleefully make their way, taking in their surroundings and are proud of their mission.  Along the way they joyfully call out to one another keeping the mood light.  They travel all day long in the hot sun until they arrive in a small town late in the afternoon.  They find an old Indian and his burro there.  He was mending his leather sandals alongside the road. 

The old man shared with them that there were only a few soldiers in the area, and he gave Demetrio and his men the latest information on who had control of the neighboring areas and cities.

They continue their ride until Demetrio has them stop behind a thick wall of trees to catch some sleep before moving forward any more.