National Geographic : 1941 Apr
Pinus taeda-THE GROANER MANY PECULIAR KINDS of trees grow in this country. Others, which seem very ordinary, have peculiar qualities which make them especially useful. One such tree is the Loblolly Pine (Pinus taeda) found in the forests of the Southern States. Because of the "voice" nature has given this tree, miners have found the lumber cut from the Lob lolly Pine a means of saving their lives. They use it for the "warning props" which support the roof and equalize the load on pillars in the mines. The moment undue strain, which might precede a cave-in, is felt by these "warning props", they send forth groans and creaks to the men in danger, who are thus able to escape in time. Lumber, such as that cut from the Loblolly Pine, is one of the few inanimate things we know which can audibly warn us at the approach of danger. Experience has taught us that, for the most part, danger approaches without warning. The rattles and hums, which once warned us when we drove at more than a moderate speed, have been eliminated from modern cars by im provements in materials and design. There is little to warn us when automobile accidents impend. Yet we all know that they do happen. They happen to persons who least expect them and usually when driving seems the safest. The thoughtful driver re alizes all this and sees that he is well protected at all times by Travelers insurance. Through Travelers accident insurance, he pro tects his income against the strain of hospital and surgical fees, and provides himself with a disability income until he is able to be up and about. Be cause he carries Travelers automobile liability in surance, he knows that his right to drive, his property, savings, and good name cannot be en dangered by legal action which may be brought against him. With both forms of insurance he gets prompt, sympathetic service from the Travelers agent and the Travelers country-wide claim organization, no matter where he may be when the accident occurs. Moral: Insure in The Travelers. All forms of in surance. The Travelers Insurance Company, The Travelers Indemnity Company, The Travelers Fire Insurance Company, Hartford, Connecticut.