Miles also wrote an editorial entitled "The Mockingbird." It explains: "Formerly many thousands of mockers were sold for cage birds, but this has been largely stopped by protective laws" (5/20/14:6) For complete text, see Editorials section. In response to lobbying by T. Gilbert Pearson of the Audubon Society of North Carolina, the Tennessee General Assembly had passed "An act to protect non-game birds" as early as 1903. Though the act specifically exempted the English Sparrow and other "nuisance" birds from protection, it prohibited any person within the state "to collect [non-game] birds, their nests or eggs" (Acts 203). In 1905 the General Assembly created the Department of Game, Fish and Forestry to enforce the 1903 act and its other wildlife conservation laws. Keeping a mockingbird in a cage would have been a violation of state law at the time and may explain why the bird is kept out of sight.