National Geographic : 1942 Dec
The Great Northern Diver THE GREAT NORTHERN DIVER is a bird about the size of a goose. Most people know him by the name of loon. It is popularly supposed that this name comes from his peculiar cry which echoes over the wooded lakes of the North like the laughter of a lunatic in the night. But, although the expression "crazy as a loon" is a common one, the word loon was originally loom, a corruption of a Scandinavian word mean ing lame, or, in the loon's case, a "lame walker." The loon's legs are set farther back on his body than those of other birds. They enable the loon to dive like a flash, going as far as 50 feet under water, and, with his large, webbed feet, he can outspeed the fish on which he feeds. Diving is also the loon's protection against the foe that wild things fear most: man. Although men do not hunt the loon for food, fishermen often try to shoot him because of the large num ber of fish he destroys. This is a task easier tried than accomplished. For the loon, hunters insist, is such a remarkable diver that he can actually dodge bullets. When he sees the flash of a gun, he gives a flip of his paddle-like feet and is safe beneath the water be fore the shot reaches him. On land, however, the loon is one of the most awkward creatures imaginable and no more diffi cult to shoot than a barnyard duck. For, without his marvelous diving ability to protect him, the loon finds himself in much the same position as a man who has let his insurance policies lapse. Both suddenly find that a form of protection they have learned to rely on, is no longer working. But man is more fortunate than the loon. He does not have to rely upon himself alone to make sure that his insurance doesn't lapse and leave him unprotected against such unforeseen mis haps as fire, wind storms, burglars, or an expen sive fall down the cellar stairs. There is a capable man in your community to jog your memory and make sure that you don't lose the protection of insurance through oversight or carelessness. This man is the local Travelers agent or broker. He will not only be glad to help you work out the most effective and economical insurance pro gram possible for your needs, but he will also make it his personal business to see that your policies do not lapse and deprive you of protection. Moral: Insure in The Travelers. All forms of insurance. The Travelers Insurance Company, The Travelers Indemnity Company, The Travelers Fire Insurance Company, Hartford, Connecticut.