National Geographic : 1929 Sep
C OW would you feel if you could not read the news of the world? No newspapers, magazines, books, letters, not even a danger sign or a warning notice? © 1929 M.L.I. CO . Somewhere near you is a "Tha4 grown person groping in the At last dark, in many ways helpless as a child, because he cannot to reada read or write. You can bring sunlight into his darkened life. More than that, you may be the means of bringing him better health-even of saving his life. Today he cannot read messages on disease prevention. He does not know, unless someone tells him, the important rules of health or how to keep his family from having diphtheria, smallpox or typhoid fever. These and other preventable diseases often make illiter ate localities their breeding places and thus endanger the health of the edu cated, despite all their precautions. Perhaps you share the mistaken belief that it is impossible to teach grown-up illiterates how to read and write and that they are content to be illiterate. Get the confidence of an illiterate and ask him if he would like to be able to read and write. Tell him he can learn to write his name in 30 minutes and learn to read in a few months. In all probability his eager response will amaze you. nk God! I'll be able nd write." or a neighbor's It may surprise you to learn that the majority of illiter ate persons in the United States are native born more than three million illiterate Americans. Many of them have never had a chance to learn and do not know where to look for instruction. Illiterates are not hard to find-a servant, a farmhand, an employee in your own shop, a laundress, a delivery- man, a laborer in your neighborhood. There are more than 5,ooo,ooo men S and women in the United States who cannot read health messages concern ing sanitation and prevention of disease-more than 400,000 of them are in the State of New York, more than 300,000 in Pennsylvania, about 150,000 in Massachusetts. You can find them in every State of the Union-in cities, in towns and in country districts. Will you give someone a present that he would not exchange for hundreds of dollars-the ability to read and write a present which costs you nothing? Find your illiterate. If you will help him to learn to read and write, the Metro S politan Life Insurance Company will :' t send you, free of cost, grooved writing pads and illustrated lessons for be ginners. Ask for Booklet 99-N. METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY FREDERICK H. ECKER, PRESIDENT S ONE MADISON AVE., NEW YORK, N. Y. "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."