National Geographic : 1943 Nov
This bird takes no chances ALMOST ANYONE who has hunted the wild tur key, will tell you that it is one of the most cautious of all birds. Wild turkeys can be shot, but it isn't easy. If a hunter plans to shoot frorr a blind, he can't build the blind all at once, but must do it in stages long before the hunting season starts so that the turkeys have a chance to get used to it. Even then, it is said that if so much as a fallen branch in the immediate vicinity of the blind is disturbed, the keen-eyed, careful turkeys will give the place a wide berth. This is but one of many examples of the tur key's caution. Woodsmen say that when the hen turkey leaves her nest, she almost always flies so that no tracks will betray the site to a fox or wild cat. When the big birds are feeding or taking dust baths, they take turns standing guard so that no enemy can catch them unawares. Due to these exceptional precautions, when the wild turkey meets with an accident it is usually not his fault. This is more than you can say for man. Because man has no natural enemy of much consequence save himself, the instincts which make wild things cautious have become dulled in him. Striking proof of this can be found in the number of accidents men suffer through careless ness in working with their own machines. Last year alone, industrial accidents in this country caused 19,200 deaths, permanently dis abled over 100,000 workers, and resulted in the loss of 42,000,000 man-days. This toll would be serious at any time. Now, when industrial accidents slow up vital war pro duction, it is a definite drag on the war effort. For this reason, more and more manufacturers and contractors are calling on the services of men who can stop accidents before they happen. These men are Travelers Safety Engineers. Years of experience have taught them just what kinds of working practices are apt to lead to accidents and what measures should be taken to prevent them from occurring. This knowledge has enabled these specialists in safety to reduce industrial accidents very sub stantially. Inasmuch as the accidents which cut plant pro duction, and increase insurance rates needlessly, form a definite pattern, a Travelers Safety Engineer can nearly always help reduce them. Any Travelers agent or insurance broker can put you in touch with him. MORAL: Insure in The Travelers. All forms of insurance. The Travelers Insurance Company, The Travelers Indemnity Company, The Travelers Fire Insurance Company, Hartford, Connecticut.