On Jan. 27, 1902, the Lawrence World wrote, "Mayor Selig is right in declining to take the responsibility of having the sparrows shot inside the city limits. It is a most dangerous thing to do. The birds can be shot in the country without any danger, but every shot fired within the city limits endangers a human life. We must be careful. The shooting in town is purely for sport and in no sense for the destruction of the little pest. Let us have a care how we jeopardize human life for mere sport."