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FILE - This undated file photo shows Edgar Allan Poe. Fans of the writer plan one last vigil for the mysterious "Poe Toaster," who for decades has left three roses and a half-empty bottle of cognac at Poe's grave on the anniversary of his birth. But no one has appeared for the last two years, and Poe House and Museum Curator Jeff Jerome says he'll wait one last time for the Toaster before calling an end to the tradition.

BALTIMORE — Edgar Allan Poe fans waited long past a midnight dreary, but it appears annual visits to the writer's grave in Baltimore by a mysterious figure called the "Poe Toaster" shall occur nevermore.

Poe House and Museum Curator Jeff Jerome said early Thursday that die-hard fans waited inside Westminster Hall for hours past when the tribute bearer normally arrives. But the "Poe Toaster" was a no-show for a third year.

A crowd gathered outside the gates of the churchyard to watch for the mysterious visitor. Jerome says three impersonators appeared, but the real "Poe Toaster" did not.

The tributes of an anonymous man in black, who leaves three roses and a half-empty bottle of cognac, are thought to date to least the 1940s.