National Geographic : 1942 Sep
Sentry Corvus T HE COMMON AMERICAN CROW, (genus Corvus), is an exceedingly wary bird. He seems to sense the presence of firearms, and judge the range of a rifle to a nicety. Farmers and hunters wage unrelenting war upon the crow, yet his numbers continue to increase with amaz ing rapidity. But the crow's ability to avoid the tragedies and accidents of life is not due solely to his un canny perception. It is due in large measure to the fact that the crow never takes any chances. This intelligent bird knows that the accidents and misfortunes peculiar to his way of life are hazards which can be seen or heard approaching. And so he adopts the obvious safeguard against such hazards. For example, when a flock of crows is feeding in a corn field two or three of their number act as sentries. These birds, stationed on fence posts or in tall trees, keep watchful eyes open for the ap proach of danger. A cry of warning from one of the sentry birds will send the entire flock into the air, winging away to safety. Military men long ago learned to imitate the wary crow in posting sentries to guard against sudden disaster. But the accidents and tragedies peculiar to the lives of most of us often cannot be seen or heard approaching. Sometimes a man cannot see an accident com ing, until it is too late to avoid it. He cannot fore tell at what moment his house will catch fire, or when some other form of disaster will strike. But, even though he cannot guard against the occur rence of such things, he can greatly lessen their tragic results by providing himself with insurance. Your Travelers agent or broker is experienced in providing insurance protection where it will do you the most good. It would be to your advan tage to discuss your insurance needs with him. He will be glad to show you how insurance can be your sentry, always on duty, protecting you against insecurity, and guarding you against loss. Moral: Insure in The Travelers. All forms of insurance. The Travelers Insurance Company, The Travelers Indemnity Company, The Travelers Fire Insurance Company, Hartford, Connecticut.