National Geographic : 1939 Jul
How SENECIO HAWORTHII meets its problem Ragwort is an eastern North Amer ican representative of a family of some 25oo species and world-wide distribution. OUR common ragwort, not to be con fused with the ragweed of hay fever fame, has this exotic African cousin: Senecio Haworthii. Living in an arid land, its chief prob lem is to arrange for a source of moisture when extra moisture is necessary. So Senecio Haworthiihas given up some of the common ragwort's wealth of flower, thinness of leaf, and grace of stem in order to develop something quite dif ferent. "Leaf succulence," botanists call it. In other words, its leaves become thick, fleshy, and moisture-retaining to provide the plant with a source of extra water in time of need. Thinking in terms of people instead of plants suggests that our problem is somewhat akin to Senecio Haworthii's. Instead of water, our chief worry is to provide a source of money when extra money is needed. Like Senecio Haworthii, we can give up a little of our wealth to develop a way of doing this. "Paying that insurance premium," some people call it. But canny men see more in it than that. To them, paying the premium on an accident, fire, automobile, life, or any kind of policy in a good sound company is a guarantee: That extra money will be there when needed, or when less money is coming in. Moral: Insure in The Travelers. All forms of insurance. The Travelers Insurance Company, The Travelers Indemnity Com pany, The Travelers Fire Insurance Company, Hartford, Connecticut.