National Geographic : 1944 Jul
The fish with the anti-aircraft gun T HE ARCHER FISH (Toxotesjaculator) is a small fish with a flashing yellow and black-barred body, and with unusual tastes. He is not content, like most small fish, to eat the shrimp or insect larvae which swarm in the streams and ponds of Thailand and other East Indian countries where he lives. He insists on something extra. His favorite food is flying insects. And he has an extraordinary way of bringing these delicacies within reach, since he has no means of going after them. He shoots them down with water flak. He waits just beneath the surface of the water until a tempting insect settles on some overhang ing twig or perhaps flies overhead. Then, push ing his mouth upward, he shoots his liquid charge straight at his quarry. Battered and wet, the in sect falls into the water and is quickly swallowed. Now, strangely enough, there is a certain par allel between the problem of the archer fish in supplying himself with food, and that of a thought ful man providing for himself and his family. Each must use a special and ingenious method to obtain something which would not otherwise be within his reach. Normally, a man can protect his family from want with the income he gets from his business. But because a man with a family must think of the future, he wants more. For, as things are today, it is almost impossible for the average man to make a sufficient income to protect his family for the present and for the future, too, when he might no longer be able to earn for them. And so he has worked out the method of life insurance in order to make certain that their liv ing expenses will be taken care of, regardless of what happens to him. Because you can never know just how many years you will be granted to make your family financially secure, the amount of life insurance protection you carry for them is important. So let the Travelers man in your community discuss the various life insurance policies with you and suggest the most practical program for your specific budget and needs. MORAL: Insure in The Travelers. All forms of insurance and surety bonds. The Travelers In surance Company. The Travelers Indemnity Company. The Travelers Fire Insurance Com pany, Hartford, Connecticut.