National Geographic : 1948 Mar
How a dead tapir kept Orellana's men alive THE 57 Spaniards who sailed with Francisco de Orellana down the Amazon in 1542-the first white men to cross South America-started their perilous voyage on empty stomachs. Orellana expected friendly natives to furnish food. But instead, the Spaniards were met by well-armed war parties. Every time they dared to land to get a square meal, they had a stiff fight. By late summer, after eight months of hardship and thousands of harrowing miles, the men were too sick and weak to fight longer for their food. Adrift near the mouth of the Amazon, starvation stared them in the face. Then, one evening at dusk, a lookout sighted a dim shape floating on the water. A canoeman, sent to investigate, brought back-to the amaze ment of all the men-a dead tapir, enough meat to feed them all for days. By miraculous good luck, Orellana's men were saved from starvation. Today, the good luck that saved Orellana's men is still the exception, not the rule. And the average man, particularly if he has a family, dares not lean on his luck when the going gets tough. Instead, if he is wise, he depends on the certain, sure protection of modern insurance to guard his family from financial hardship-now and for the future. It's as simple as this: By investing in accident and life insurance a small fraction of what you earn now, you can make sure that those who depend on your income will have money for what they need, no matter if mishaps or death befall you. Especially if you have young children, you'll want to know about Travelers' Triple Protection Plan-a way to give your family more life insur ance protection at economical cost. See your Travelers agent or broker 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, Connecticut. Serving the insurance public in the United States since 1864 and in Canada since 1865.