What is the summary for Part 1, Chapter 3 of The Underdogs?

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The men awaken from their slumber and large meal from the night before.  It is not yet sunrise, so it is dark, but the men are ready (with faces painted black) and waiting for the soldiers to come into sight.  Soldiers begin appearing at the end of the trail, and there are over a hundred of them coming, some on horses, some on foot. 

Pancracio is introduced and the men begin to fire at Demetrio's call.  Caught by surprise, the soldiers all fall at the same time as 21 of Demetrio's guns exploded as one.  Then as the men shoot the soldiers one by one, it is apparent that each man is an excellent shot.  They are known for their marksmanship and take turns begging each other for a gun to shoot and show off.  Quail even joins in with taunting as he takes his trousers off and holds them out like a bullfighter would to a bull. 

Soldiers continue to emerge from the river, but Demetrio is able to pick them off as his men continue to reek havoc on the main group of soldiers.  Several soldiers on horses flee while Demetrio and his men slowly pick off the others.  They continue to fire on the soldiers until the soldiers inch up on them and spray them with bullets.  The last part of the scene is where Demetrio is shot and he slides down a gully.