National Geographic : 1945 Jul
She runs her own transport service THE HAUNTS of the American woodcock (Phil ohela minor) are the swampy coverts where willows grow, or upland woods not far from water. Her ways are mysterious, for though she often lives quite close to civilization, she is rarely seen. During the day, she sits quietly in the shad ows, taking flight only after dusk in search of food. Her nest is merely a depression in leaves on the ground. Yet her coloring is so finely blended with her surroundings that enemies can pass close by and never know she is there. Ordinarily, the woodcock's camouflage serves as an effective protection for her and her family. She seldom finds it necessary to fly up from her nest at the approach of danger. But if she is discovered, observers report that she sometimes does an extraordinary thing to protect her young. She rises swiftly into the air with a chick grasped between her feet, and flies with it to safety. Then, if she still has the opportunity, she will return and carry off the remaining chicks one by one till all are safe. So when the woodcock's usual safeguard fails her, she can depend upon this second emergency method of protection for her family. Although you may never have stopped to think about it, the average man sometimes finds himself faced with a similar problem. Ordinarily, he provides security for his family by means of the income he earns. But if, as the result of an accident, he should be deprived of his earning power, either for a time or per manently, this usual safeguard fails him. And so man has learned to depend upon a second emergency method of protection for his family. He carries accident insurance. If he should be laid up for several weeks or longer because of an injury following some mis hap, accident insurance will provide living ex penses for his family while he is away from his job. It will pay his medical expenses as well. No one can be sure when he might become the victim of some accident. A Travelers representa tive in your community can arrange this pro tection for you. MORAL: Insure in The Travelers. All forms of insurance and surety bonds. The Travelers In surance Company, The Travelers Indemnity Company, The Travelers Fire Insurance Com pany, Hartford, Connecticut.