National Geographic : 1946 Nov
How the Bird Woman helped IN THE summer of 1805, Lewis and Clark stood at the foot of the Rockies. Before them was a seemingly impassable barrier and defeat. Almost everyone in the Pacific-bound expe dition was sick and hungry. If they were not to perish on the Great Divide, they had to cross it before snow blocked the passes. And to cross it, they had to get horses and food from the often-hostile Shoshone Indians. At this point, the stalwart explorers began to lean heavily on a woman. Her name was Saca jawes, the Bird Woman, and she was the Sho shone wife of the Frenchman, Charbonneau, whom Lewis had hired as a guide. The Bird Woman not only convinced her fel low Shoshones that the expedition was friendly, but persuaded them to sell the white men horses, help replenish the food supply, and provide her with directions which let her lead the explorers over the perilous passes to the safety of the broad and fertile Pacific slopes, which lay beyond. Now although you may never have thought of it just this way, the average man's life is not unlike an exploring trip. Before reaching safety, he must face certain hazards, both known and unknown. He must count on getting into some difficulties, and he will be fortunate if he can also count on help in getting out of them. Thanks to modern insurance, that help is available to almost everybody today. The first step is to see a Travelers agent or insurance broker, and let him show you how to make sure that you'll have help when you most need it. He can show you how to make sure that you'll have money for medical and living expenses if an accident should lay you up. And how to make certain you'll have funds to rebuild if fire should destroy your home. And through life insurance, he can show you how to arrive at financial safety and security before your trip is done. 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.