This morning Baltimore's "Poe Toaster" failed to appear for the annual tribute to Edgar Allan Poe. Hardy bystanders waited in anticipation for the familiar figure to leave roses and Cognac on the author's graveside.
Each year news media and avid Poe fans camp outside the gates of Westminster Hall and Burying Ground. Each hoping to get a glimpse of the mysterious person, who himself has become a local legend.
This tradition of honoring the poet with gifts began in 1949, and continued until three years ago.
When the "Toaster" first failed to appear everyone realized this might be the end of a major Baltimore event.