The Poe Toaster mys­tery

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WASH­ING­TON: A mys­te­ri­ous vis­i­tor who each year leaves roses and Co­gnac on Edgar Allen Poe’s tomb in Bal­ti­more, Mary­land, failed to do so on Tues­day for the first time in 61 years, the Poe So­ci­ety said.

“He did not show up this morn­ing,” Jef­frey Savoye, sec­re­tary and trea­surer of the 380mem­ber so­ci­ety, said.

Each year since 1949, the 100th an­niver­sary of Poe’s birth, an in­di­vid­ual, of­ten cloaked, left a bot­tle of Co­gnac and roses at the foot of Poe’s tomb, usu­ally at night.

“Oc­ca­sion­ally he showed up early, like 11pm to 11.30pm the evening be­fore. But nor­mally it’s from mid­night to 5am,” Savoye said.

Around 50 peo­ple waited in vain to watch the “Poe Toaster”. Many trav­elled from across the US for the 201st an­niver­sary of Poe’s birth.

“As far as we know, they have not missed a year un­til now,” Savoye said of the Poe Toaster.

The vis­i­tor died in 1998, but left the pil­grim­age to his two sons.

“We were left a note some years ago say­ing the orig­i­nal toaster had died. We in­ter­preted the mes­sage that the torch will be passed. We are as­sum­ing two sons have been car­ry­ing it on.We don’t know who they are.” – Sapa-AFP

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