National Geographic : 1927 Dec
"Lest we Forget" "It has been in this house fifty years. You can't find another piece like it. This, ladies and gentlemen, is genuine! What am I offered for it? These old treasures aregoing for a song. Give me a bid." - While the auctioneerrattles on, some of the neigh bors think of the old days of entertainment and open hospitality in that house. They wonder how long the proud and lonely mistress has been fighting off the inevitable. Inside, she hears the auctioneer's words "genuine", "fifty years in this house", "old treasures" - every word a thrust to her heart. -3 ABIES and old people are life's widest contrast and life's closest comparison. The younger they are and the older they are the more they need our love and care. For the helpless baby it is a sunny world-there is always someone to take care of him. But it is a gray, cheerless world for the tired, brave old soul who fails to get the care and IS1927M.L . I.Co. Sometimes I pay their rent and keep homes to gether, and sometimes I provide little comforts when their homes are broken up." While charity takes care of the friendless and helpless, and science is finding out how to pre vent physical aches and pains, it remains for "society"-and that means all of us added to gether-to prevent old age from waiting on and the affection she hungers for. suffering penniless dependence. A big business man said recently: "I think the The United States and Canada pay / saddest sights in the world are the old people bigger wages than other countries. whose relatives regard them as burdens-espe- Nearly all their workers earn :'" cially when they realize the situation. I think it enough to provide for old age. By J '* is fine to build churches and take care of babies planning ahead, they may have and the growing boys and girls, but every dollar real comfort in their years of re- I can afford to give away goes to the old people, tirement. c( )--------------------K JS--------------------KgC ^ Almost every man and woman must face these done what no individual could do alone. It has five great hazards of life: found a way to meet four of the five hazards. Death-which may come early, before one's Annuities for old age, protection in case of dependents have been provided for. death, accident or sickness-almost every financial requirement can now be met by in Accident-always sudden and often causing surance. Only one problem is still unsolved lessened earning power. Employment Insurance-and that will follow. Sickness-which may cause want as well as Thousands of Metropolitan policyholders have suffering, asked how much of the family income should Unemployment-which may bring distress to be expended for immediate necessities; how i others in addition to the unemployed. much for clothing; how much for food; how much for fuel; how much should be laid aside Dependent Old Age -which must seek charity for protection. Our booklet, "Let Budget if self-support is no longer possible. Help," answers these questions. A copy will t i!' "Society", through organized effort, with its be mailed free on request. millions of mutual life insurance policies, has HALEY FISKE, President. Published by METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY-NEW YORK Biggest in the World, More Assets, More Policyholders, More Insurance in force,More new Insurance eachyear "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."