National Geographic : 1941 Jan
The tree that wears a petticoat IN TIlE HIART OF AFRICA, grows a tree known as the silk-cotton tree, Ceiba pentandra. Instead of having a simple, cylindrical trunk like a maple tree or an oak, the silk-cotton tree has a bole that flares out in folds like a gigantic petticoat. These folds often begin as high as thirty or forty feet above the ground and form a skirt whose hem line could enclose a small house. This wooden petticoat serves a very useful pur pose. Tornadoes are common in this region. The tree's roots are shallow. And were it not for these tremendous, skirt-like braces, the tree might easily be uprooted. It may not occur to you to compare yourself to the silk-cotton tree. But if you will do it, you may save yourself a peck of trouble. For man has his private tornadoes, too, against which he should protect himself: accidents that can lay you very low indeed, unless you have the extra buttress insurance brings. When you get into an accident, and do not have accident insurance, you may find you haven't enough ready money to pay the doctor, the hos pital, and to take care of your many, many house hold expenses while you are laid up. The man who has such insurance is relieved of these worries, for he has an income that provides for such an emergency. If you have ever been flat on your back, helpless, without income, you know how wonderful it is not to have these worries. Such insurance costs but little in view of the peace of mind it brings. Why don't you talk to your Travelers agent about it, today? 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.