National Geographic : 1940 Aug
How a curious grass saved the city of Provincetown ABOUT one hundred and fifteen years ago, the lovely old city of Provincetown, on Cape Cod, was in danger of being swept into the sea. The strong gales which blew across the cape were carrying the sands from behind the town into the harbor at its feet, while along the shore near the town the sea was washing huge sections of the beach away. Unless the movement of the sands could be stopped, it seemed that ere long the town would be deposited at the bottom of the ocean. A commission investigated the matter and rec ommended the planting of a special grass. This grass had tremendous roots which would grow to a great depth, and anchor the sand so that neither wind nor waves could sweep it away. The grass was planted and laws were made pro hibiting animals from roaming at large and eating it up. The grass took root rapidly, the movement of the sand was checked, and from that time on Provincetown has rested safe and secure, no longer at the mercy of the wind and water. Many a man has a little city of Provincetown of his own; this city is his home and his cherished possessions which the storms of life can take away from him. But for a man there is a "beach grass," too, that will secure him and his family from such danger. This grass, as you can guess, is insurance. It keeps your home secure and safe against the threat of fire and wind. In case an accident interferes with your earning power, it provides you with an income to meet taxes and mortgage payments. If you are sued by someone as the result of an automobile accident, it can keep you from losing your property and your savings. And should you be taken away, it will allow your wife and chil dren to keep up the home so dear to them and to live in a decent fashion. Such beach grass is worth planting now. Your Travelers agent or insurance broker will be glad to counsel you on the forms of insurance you personally need. 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.