National Geographic : 1948 Feb
Chinese trouble jar IN THE third month of every year many primitive tribes of China observe a rite supposed to keep their villages free of misfortune. Into a large jar, they toss bits of stone and scraps of metal. These represent all the misfortunes that have plagued the village for the past year. On top of the scraps the Chinese put gunpow der. And after burying it in the ground, they lay a powder train to the jar and light it. When the powder-filled jar goes up with a bang, the Chinese figure that they've helped to ward off their misfortunes for another whole year. Now, it would be a handy thing if you could simply light a match and blast all misfortunes such as accidents, fires, and burglaries-from your path for the rest of 1948. But such a gesture wouldn't work for you, we suspect, any better than it does for the Chinese. You can make sure, though, that practically no misfortunes will cause your family financial harm and needless worry. You can invest in insurance, which you need today more than ever. These days accidents are happening at the rate of one every three seconds. Do you have enough accident insurance to take care of your medical expenses and your family's living costs, should an accident lay you up? Your house and its contents would cost a lot more today than you paid for them. Are they fully covered by fire and burglary insurance? Living costs are up. Do you have enough life insurance to keep your family from want should they be deprived of your earnings? If you can't answer yes to all these questions, we suggest that you see your Travelers agent or broker right away. 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.