National Geographic : 1947 Jun
He blew smoke into a dead bear's mouth T HE JOURNALS of John Bartram, botanist, contain much more than descriptions of plant life in colonial America. Bartram was also a keen student of Indian customs. In writing about his trip from Phila delphia to the Oswego River in 1743, for in stance, the botanist set down this interesting story of the way Indian hunters tried to assure themselves of good bear hunting. As soon as he had killed a bear, the Indian proceeded to make peace with the animal's de parted spirit. Placing the stem of his lighted pipe in the dead bear's mouth, the hunter then blew into the pipe bowl. As smoke from the pipe filled the bear's mouth and throat, the hunter begged the bear's de parted spirit not to resent the injury done its body and not to thwart the Indian's good hunt ing of the future. John Bartram's bear story is a good example of man's long-standing desire to shape the future to his own ends. It reminds us, too, that only in fairly recent times has this yearning been satisfactorily fulfilled. That fulfillment came with the development of modern insurance. Today the financial uncertainties of an unfore seeable future cause little worry to the man whose family is protected by enough insurance of the right kind. Who's the best person to advise you about how much fire, life, accident, automobile, or other kind of insurance you and your family need? We firmly believe that person is your Travel ers agent or broker. You'll find that he's an expert at helping you plan a future to fit your needs. MORAL: INSURE IN The Travelers ALL FORMS OF INSURANCE AND SURETY BONDS TheTravelers Insurance Company, The Travelers Indemnity Company, The Travelers Fire Insur ance Company, The Charter Oak Fire Insurance Company, Hartford, Connecticut.