National Geographic : 1949 Oct
At night, the riverbanks shouted a warning To THE PIONEER FAMILIES floating westward on the Ohio during the late 1 7 00's, the wilder ness along the river presented a constant threat. Indians, eager for a scalping party, lurked in the canebrakes. Long stretches of the forested banks were literally alive with river pirates. Once the flatboat families shoved off downriver, they landed no more often than was necessary and then preferably by day. Drifting at night with no moon to see by-the family man turned flatboat pilot used a navigating trick taught him by old rivermen, one calculated to keep his craft from swinging too close to shore. lie whacked the side of the boat with an ax listened for the echo. The time it took for the banks to bounce the warning sound back told him which way to steer to keep in midstream. This method of dodging danger is typical of the special skills the pioneer had to learn to keep his family safe. And today, although pioneering in this sense is as dead as Daniel Boone (except per haps in Alaska), the quest for security is still the most important pursuit of a family man. And it's our good luck that-as family men- we don't need to develop a lot of special skills to enjoy the security every family needs. Iandy to you there's a man whose study and experience qualify him as a family-security expert -your Travelers agent or broker. He can show you how, through the modern miracle of insur ance, you can in one fell swoop create family se curity that it took the pioneer years to achieve. You'll like the friendly, understanding way your Travelers man tackles your problems, his skill in showing you how to get the most for your insurance dollar. Call him in 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 15, Connecticut. Serving the insurance public in the United States since 1864 and in Canada since 1865.