National Geographic : 1950 Feb
Dirt tossed into a river told no tales O NE OF THE CONSTANT DANGERS faced by early explorers of the West was having supplies they'd left along the trail stolen by the Indians. And sad experience soon taught them to build a safe cache. The spot picked for the hiding hole was usually near a stream. Before they started digging, they covered the site with skins to pre vent telltale scuffing of the grass. Carefully they removed a patch of sod and set it aside. Dirt from the hole was meticulously placed on the skins, a separate pile on each. After stowing away the supplies-with a layer of dry grass on the bottom and a deerskin on top-the sod was replaced. Then, each hide full of dirt was tossed into the river to wash down stream, leaving not the slightest sign of any dig ging to give the hiding place away. Having supplies handy on the return trip was a matter of life and death to explorers. And build ing a cache was just one of the special skills their leaders had to have to keep the party safe. You may never have thought of it this way, but you're not unlike the leader of an explor- ing party if you're head of a family. You need to know how to keep mishaps from plunging your charges into hardship and want. Except, you don't have to learn from sad experience how to achieve family security. There's an expert near you who can show you how it's done with the stroke of a pen-your Travelers agent or broker. By helping you decide the kinds and amounts of insurance you need, he can set up a family security plan that'll take a load of worry off your mind. He'll keep your policies up to date, make changes as you need them. Why not talk with Your Travelers man today? MORAL: INSURE IN The Travelers ALL FORMS OF INSURANCE AND SURETY BONDS The Travelers Insurance Company, The Travelers Indemnity Company, The Travelers Fire Insur ance Company, The Charter Oak Fire Insurance Company, Hartford 15, Connecticut. Serving the insurance public in the United States since 1864 and in Canada since 1865.