The Poe Toaster mystery
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