National Geographic : 1946 Dec
Her secret kept Audubon up all night IN HIS EXPLORATION of Louisiana's Feliciana wilderness in the 1820's, John James Audubon was often led to new bird-life discoveries by observations of the plantation Negroes. It was from Pomp, one of these native natu ralists, that Audubon first learned of the stealthy measures that the chuck-will's-widow took to keep her nest from being robbed by marauders. Touch the eggs of this shy bird, Pomp said, and the chuck-will's-widow would move them to a new nest. Audubon had only to find a nest to prove that the chuck-will's-widow did move her eggs. But he had to spend a night in the brush beside a nest he had molested to discover how she moved them. Then, as the pine woods came to life with the dawn, he saw a pair of the birds fly from the nest, carrying the eggs in their beaks to another place for safekeeping. Now a man can't very well depend, as does the chuck-will's-widow, on spur-of-the-moment moves to safeguard his possessions. Nor is it customary for thieves to leave fingerprints before they break into your house. But fortunately you don't have to rely on sly instinct and quick flight to guard your valu ables from thieves. You can invest a small sum in burglary insurance and get continuing, 24 hour protection, whether you're at home or away, and this includes the possessions you take with you. Burglary is on the increase. And more often, too, these days, thieving is accompanied by vandalism. Burglary insurance protects you against both. If robbers break into your house, this insurance not only helps repay your loss for what they take away-it also helps to pay for damage they do to your house, furniture, or your other valuable belongings that they can't take with them. You'll know a wonderful peace of mind when you lock the door and leave . . . if your house and its contents are protected by burglary in surance. Be sure, in these days of steadily in creasing values, that you have enough insurance, 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.