Demetrio has just left his house and has witnessed the soldiers burning it down. He is climbing down the mountain into a ravine, taking the trails that he knows the soldiers can't make or don't know about. He reached the pit of the canyon to take a quick nap, and then continued his journey to the summit.
Once he reaches the summit, he pulls out his horn and blows it three times both hard and loudly. Three sharp whistles respond and men suddenly began emerging from the bushes. They all had naked chests and legs and were dark skinned. These were Demetrio's men. Once they all emerge, Demetrio rallies them, getting them ready for battle against the soldiers. He tells them that they burned his house down. They rally and commit to fighting, whether there are 10 or 100 soldiers coming at them.
Anastasio Montanez, Quail, and Manteca are all introduced. Montanez boasts of carrying bullets around inside him from former battles. The men cheer at the upcoming fight, and then settle down to build a fire and prepare to eat. There is a carcass of a calf lying nearby while they cook the meat over the coals. Demetrio tells the men that they only have 21 guns, and that makes it sound as if that's not enough for the battle ahead. As the men eat around the fire, Demetrio passes around some salt for their meat and they finish eating.