Woman of the Century/Mary Scott
SCOTT, Miss Mary, temperance reformer and editor, born in Ottawa, Canada, then called Bytown, 17th August, 1851. Her mother's family were among the pioneers of the place. Her childhood was that of a romping girl. She owes much to the influence of such teachers as Abbie M. Harmon, of Ottawa, and Annie M. Mcintosh, of Montreal. While a school-girl in Montreal, she attended the revival services of Lord Cecil, and a light shone upon her path which brightened all her after-life. She has been a Sabbath-school teacher for many years. She is engaged in other church work, and is a member of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church. In 1882 she joined the Woman's Christian Temperance Union. She heard Miss Willard in Boston, in 1877. for the first time, but did not listen very attentively, as a woman speaking on the temperance question on a public platform was not at all to her taste. She attended the annual meeting of tin- Ottawa Woman's Christian Temperance Union, when Sir Leonard Tilley presided as chairman. She was struck with the earnestness of the women, the reasonableness of the cause and the evident power of the Holy Spirit in it, and that day she cast her lot with that organization. MARY SCOTT. She was immediately put on a committee, and she has filled many offices, especially in connection with the work of the young women. In January, 1889, she became editor and proprietor of the "Woman's Journal." the organ of the Dominion Woman's Christian Temperance Union. Her literary work has been confined to stories and descriptions of travel for Canadian papers. She is an earnest advocate for the prohibition of the liquor traffic and uses all the weapons at her command. Her home is in Ottawa.