National Geographic : 1941 Oct
What really happens to Swallows in the Winter? FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS, nobody in England could figure out what happened to the common swallow, Hirundo rustica, in the wintertime. Some thought that they made a hole in soft mud and went to sleep for the winter, like turtles. Samuel Johnson had this to say about it: "Swal lows certainly sleep all the winter. A number of them conglobulate together, by flying round and round, and then all in a heap throw themselves under water and lie in the bed of a river." At last, in the nineteenth century, English nat uralists found out what really happens to swallows. The birds fly south to Africa for the winter. They go in small groups of from 30 to 50 birds instead of in the large flocks in which they are seen just before migration. These small groups of small birds become indiscernible almost as soon as they start southward. If you think about it, we believe you'll agree that money is a great deal like the swallows. It disappears a little at a time, and not one in ten of us knows what happens to it. Since money does have this discouraging habit, it is a very safe idea for a man to set aside, each month or each year, a certain amount of his in come for the purchase of insurance, in order to have money always available at moments when money is so essential. This money from insurance can be used to pay the doctor, the butcher, the grocer, and all the others when you have an accident; to protect you if you hurt someone in a motor accident and are open to a suit for damages; to take care of you in your old age or to take care of your family if some thing should happen to you. If you aren't positive that your insurance gives you all the kinds of protection you need, ask your Travelers agent or your own insurance broker to help you. He's a competent and helpful person. Moral: Insure in The Travelers. All forms of life, casualty, and fire insurance; all forms of fidelity and surety bonds. The Travelers Insurance Com pany, The Travelers Indemnity Company, The Travelers Fire Insurance Company, Hartford, Conn.