National Geographic : 1946 Jun
The minstrel who loves his home M OST CRICKETS, as you might expect, are wandering minstrels-cheerful vagabonds who love the open road. But the great French naturalist, M. Fabre, tells us that the field cricket, (Gryllus campes tris),views life differently. He yearns to become a solid citizen, a fellow with a permanent address. So, after a briefly irresponsible youth, he set tles down. Choosing a spot with a good, sunny exposure, he starts to dig. He makes a small house, first. But he keeps improving it-deepening his hall, enlarging his bedroom, making a clean-swept doorway where he can sit and strum away on summer evenings. And, invariably, his doorway is concealed under a tuft of grass which protects it from intruders. Now the field cricket's attitude, though unusu al among his kind, is by no means so rare among humans. We, too, have a deep-seated instinct for home owning. We, too, tend to keep adding and improving, so that our homes constantly become more valuable to us. And we also do our best to protect our homes against both in truders and a more serious menace, fire. We do this by carrying insurance. But in the last few years, many of us have overlooked an important fact about this protec tion: even if you haven't improved your house by so much as a new shingle, the chances are that it has materially increased in value. And, obviously, the insurance which used to be ade quate may be woefully inadequate today. Moreover, not only is your house worth more, but so is almost everything in it. Even if you have bought nothing new, the amount of fire and burglary insurance which used to be suffi cient may now be far too little. Fire and burglary insurance are not only two of the most useful forms of protection, but also two of the least costly. Why not call your Travelers agent, or your own broker, and let him bring your policies up to date-today? 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.