National Geographic : 1947 Aug
Meteorologist-Sioux style AMONG the legends of the Sioux Indians are stories of a sacred cave, a cave of the winds, in the Black Hills of South Dakota. This cave had a natural opening about ten inches wide. Through it, the ancient Sioux were supposed to enter their happy hunting ground. And from it, legend says, issued the life-sustain ing bison. More practical-minded Sioux soon discovered that the cave could be used to forecast the weather. Rising atmospheric pressure, which heralds good weather, forced air into the cave. But when foul weather threatened and pressure dropped, the air whistled out of the aperture. By placing his hand near the opening, the Indian could tell whether to take to the hunting trail or stay snug in his tepee. With their primitive "barometer," the Sioux did a pretty good job of foretelling the weather. But they had no way of learning in advance about future misfortune a lot more serious than bad weather. And neither does modern man! But in coping with misfortune, man today is a lot better off than the Sioux. For he can provide, through modern insurance, for the losses which his misfortunes may entail. Think of this: If you are hurt, accident insurance will help you meet your expenses while you're laid up and pay your medical bills besides. If your house burns down, insurance will help buy a new one. If thieves break in, burglary insurance will re pay you for the loot they take away, the damage they leave behind. And through life insurance, you can make sure that those who depend on you for support will have an income, no matter what happens to you. If you're not absolutely certain that you have enough of these and other kinds of insurance that you and your family need, why not see your Travelers agent or broker today? MORAL: INSURE IN The Travelers ALL FORMS OF INSURANCE AND SURETY BONDS The Travelers Insurance Company, The Travelers Indemnity Company, The Travelers Fire Insur ance Company, The Charter Oak Fire Insurance Company, Hartford, Connecticut.