National Geographic : 1939 Dec
Why the hornbill never frets T HE GREAT HORNBILL (Dichoceros bicornis) lives, among other places, in the hill districts of Eastern Bengal, and has, in common with other hornbills, very peculiar nesting habits. The nest is made in some natural hollow high up in a tree. Then the female walls herself in, sometimes assisted by the male. The entrance, except for a small opening, is barricaded with a plaster that hardens like brick. The hornbill stays inside until the eggs are hatched and breaks out after the young ones are big enough to brave the dangers of the forest world. But while it is shut in like that, the horn bill would be entirely out of luck if it weren't for its mate. The mate stays on the job and, through the opening left in the wall, passes a steady supply of such nourishing tidbits as various wild fruits and occasional mice, small reptiles, and insects. So, though a prisoner, the walled-in hornbill has nothing to worry about. An accident can leave a man as shut-in and help less as this forest prisoner. And it's a load off your mind, while waiting to get well, to have some outside "helper" providing for you. Therefore, it's simple common sense to own accident insurance which will take care of your doctors' bills, all your hospital expenses, and bring you an income as long as you're laid up. And remember, an accident can run up bills that make a hornbill's bill look small! Moral: Insure in The Travelers. All forms of in surance. The Travelers Insurance Company, The Travelers Indemnity Company, The Travelers Fire Insurance Company, Hartford, Connecticut.