National Geographic : 1947 Sep
Devil drive W HEN A VILLAGE in the northern part of Celebes is visited by a series of misfortunes, the natives lay the blame on evil spirits-and get busy with a devil-control ceremony. As their first move, the Celebesians leave their homes and set up housekeeping in temporary huts outside the village. Then, after several days the men, some wearing masks and others with faces blackened, sneak back into the village. At a prearranged signal, the posse rushes madly through the streets and underneath each house, brandishing swords, guns, spears, and brooms. The imaginary devils, according to the Celebe sians, are frightened by the fierce cries and men acing gestures and are driven off into the brush. Now, the aim of the Celebesians' devil drive is a good one. A misfortune-eradication program would be a fine thing for any civilized community, too, if it would only work. But even modern safety measures can't be ex pected to keep your home, your office, your streets, entirely free of accidents and other mishaps. So shouldn't you take the following step right now? Check your insurance to make sure that you've got enough accident, burglary, automobile, fire, life, and other kinds of insurance to cover your losses should misfortune come your way.I And when you look at the amount of each policy, remember that a fire or theft, a personal accident or an automobile smashup can be a lot more expensive these days than ever before. Let your Travelers agent or broker help you fit your insurance coverage to your needs of today. MORAL: INSURE IN The Travelers ALL FORMS OF INSURANCE AND SURETY BONDS The Travelers Insurance Company, The Trav elers Indemnity Company, The Travelers Fire Insurance Company, The Charter Oak Fire Insurance Company, Hartford, Connecticut.