VanItch's new weapon takes the wind out of Grandpa's sails, and he returns again to Chief Yookeroo.
Of course, the Chief isn't worried. Why should he be? It's not like he's got to go to the Wall.
Instead of fretting, he says, "Slingshots, dear boy / are not modern enough" (76-77).
Great! Modernization it is! Everyone loves new toys.
They come up with a gun that's carried by a dog named Daniel. Poor little guy.
Grandpa gets new, fancy clothes and is sent back to the front with the gun and the dog.
This time, Grandpa is accompanied by fanfare. The arms race has spread to the other Yooks, and they cheer, "Fight! Fight for the Butter Side Up! / Do or Die!" (97-8). At least they're having fun, right?
Were all the Yooks supporting Grandpa before? We don't know, but they're interested now, and they've definitely got team spirit.
But again, VanItch is one step ahead.
As Grandpa arrives at the Wall, he finds VanItch there on an eight-barreled contraption that's carried by elephants. Did Horton get a day job? Not likely.
Grandpa calls VanItch an "old pig" (103). This name calling might fit the rhyme scheme, but it's hard to ignore the dehumanization that starts happening here.
This ugly shift is an important aspect of the conflict and it's equally important that the rhetoric changes as the weapons become lethal.
Needless to say, VanItch's weapon scares the pants off Grandpa and Daniel. They take off in a hurry.