National Geographic : 1943 Jul
The Common Mackerel THE SCOMBER SCOMBRUS, the common mack erel which roams the seas of the North Atlantic, is the perfect embodiment of stream lining. His slim, iridescent body is long and spindle shaped, designed especially for great endurance. He has strong muscles along his spinal column and can tuck his fins in close to his body so as to swim with a minimum of effort. Nature has equipped the mackerel in this fashion because he has a serious handicap. Un like most fish, he has no air bladder to give him buoyancy. If he happened to be in shallow water, he could sink to rest on the bottom without being endangered by the pressure of water above him. But as he spends much of his life far out in the open sea, this solution is usually impossible. He cannot suspend himself motionless near the surface like some fish with an air bladder. Yet, if he should allow himself to sink, the pressure of the depths would crush him. So, as long as he is in the open sea, he can never rest, but must keep swimming constantly to avoid disaster. In this respect, the mackerel is like the average man who has no insurance. Each is safe only as long as he can keep going. If the man without insurance has an accident which lands him in the hospital and keeps him from work, both his normal activity and his normal income are interrupted. When this hap pens, he must either dip into hard-earned savings to meet his obligations, or, if he has no savings, be crushed by the weight of his misfortune. Insurance protects you from the heavy cost of an accident you can neither foresee nor prevent. It thus relieves you of many worries that other wise would disturb you. As actuarial experience indicates that the chances are actually one in ten that you will be involved in an accident within the coming year, you should not be without this protection at any time. In your own community there is an experi enced Travelers agent who will be glad to explain just what accident insurance can mean to you. He will also see to it that the policies you choose become an economical yet efficient part of a well rounded insurance program. MORAL: Insure in The Travelers. All forms of insurance. The Travelers Insurance Company, The Travelers Indemnity Company, The Travelers Fire Insurance Company, Hartford, Connecticut.