National Geographic : 1946 Apr
The acacia that says "Keep off!"-twice N MEXICO and Central America grows a large species of acacia (Acacia sphaerocephala). This acacia is no plant to trifle with. Its trunk and branches are covered with large, sharp thorns, set in pairs-from which it gets the name "Bull's-horn Thorn." These strong, curved spines, sticking out in every direction, warn you clearly to keep away. But there's another reason for leaving the acacia severely alone. Its formidable thorns are hollow. And living comfortably inside them you are liable to find numbers of stinging, biting ants, which swarm forth viciously at an intruder's touch and warn you to seek closer contact at your peril. This acacia, like a great many plants and ani mals, including man himself, appears to possess some pretty effective safeguards against trouble. But, among all living things, man alone seems to realize that even the best safeguards are not in fallible. At any rate, man alone has arranged to protect himself even further-by compensating himself for any damage which might occur when preventive measures fail. He does this through insurance. In spite of all precautions, thieves may break into your house and steal your valuables. Or fire may destroy them. But insurance will help re pair the damage and replace the loss. In spite of all precautions, you may suffer bodily injury which could prevent your earning a living for a while. But insurance will provide you with a living while you are hurt, and, in addition, will pay your medical bills. The wise man keeps himself and his possessions as safe as he can. But he never forgets that the only kind of protection which provides for re placing that which is damaged, destroyed, or stolen is-insurance. MORAL: Insure in The Travelers. All forms of insurance and surety bonds. The Travelers In surance Company, The Travelers Indemnity Company, The Travelers Fire Insurance Com pany, The Charter Oak Fire Insurance Company, Hartford, Connecticut.