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|2012-01-20 - Entertainment News|
Diane Alter - AHN News Reporter
Poe's "toaster" is a no-show for third consecutive year
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND (AHN) -- Poe fans are saying "nevermore" after the mysterious figure, who for decades had left roses and cognac as a birthday tribute at the grave of the iconic Edgar Allen Poe, failed to show Thursday on what would have been the famed author's 203rd birthday.
Since the 1940's, a mysterious figure, cloaked in black, sporting a lily white scarf and wearing a wide brimmed hat, has left three blood red roses and a half bottle of fine cognac at the site of Poe's original grave site at Westminster Hall in Baltimore every year, around midnight, on Poe's birthday, Jan. 19.
After the covert figure failed to appear Thursday, the storied tradition appears to be over.
The secretive "Poe Toaster" has now been a no-show for the third consecutive year.
Poe was born Jan. 19, 1809, in Boston. He was raised in Virginia and lived in England and New York City before he died in Baltimore.
Poe penned his famous "The Raven" in Baltimore, which lent its title to Baltimore's NFL team.
His end began in the early morning hours of a chilly October day when Poe was found aimlessly wandering the deserted streets of Baltimore, incoherent, disheveled, looking as if he had been beat up and dressed in clothes that were obviously not his own.
Poe died four days later at Washington College Hospital and was quickly buried the following day at Westminster. The service lasted just three short minutes and was attended by only three people.
The circumstances surrounding Poe's demise are still a mystery today.
And, now it appears that the mystery of his "Toaster" will remain just that, and alas "nevermore."
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