National Geographic : 1943 May
Nature's Air Raid Wardens THE WHISTLER, or hoary marmot (Marmota caligata) lives in the western mountains from central Idaho to the Yukon River. One of his principal enemies is the golden eagle. These big birds are a constant danger every time the whistler goes into the open to feed. To guard against these feathered marauders, the whistler has apparently devised an air raid protection system something like man's. He frequently digs shallow shelter-holes along the pathways from his burrow to the feeding grounds which come in handy when an eagle is sighted. In addition, the whistler generally lives in col onies. When one sights an eagle, like an air raid spotter he immediately gives a shrill piercing whistle. It is his version of an air raid siren and warns his fellows to take shelter. Due to these precautions, the whistler is often able to reach home safely without becoming the main course of an eagle's dinner. And in his home the whistler is probably safer than you are in yours. He can't fall downstairs, he has no bathtub to slip in, there are no skidding scatter rugs in his hall. The whistler is unable to scald himself with hot water, or trip over toys on the floor. He doesn't have these worries. But you do! Accident insurance was invented to help take these worries off your shoulders. It can't prevent an accident, but it can keep an accident from cost ing you a lot of money and worry. If you slip on a rug and break your leg, accident insurance will pay your doctor and hospital bills. It will care for your family while you are laid up and unable to earn a dollar. It will cover expenses that can easily run into thousands of dollars from a single accident. Your Travelers agent will be glad to show you how Accident insurance can be an essential and inexpensive part of your entire 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.