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The latest statement aa to the olronmstances under which B. A. Poe met his death is given by E. A. Didier m the " New York Sun," on the authority of an intimate acquaintance of the poet. Poe's habitual resort at Baltimore was an " oyater stand and liquor bar, 5 ' kept by Widow Meagher. " Foe had been shifting for many years between Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York," observes Mr Didier's informant. "He had been away from Baltimore for three or four montha, when he turned up one evening at the Widow Meagher's. I was there when he came la. He privately told me that he had boon to Richmond and was on I his way north to get ready for his wedding. It was drink all round, and repeat until the . crowd was pretty full. It was the night before eleotion, and four of us, including Poe started up, We had not gone half a dozen squares when we were nabbed by a gang of men who were on the look oat lor voters to " coop." It was the practice m those days to seize people whether drunk or Bober, look them up until the polls were opened, and then maroh them round to every procinot, where they were made to vote the t cket of the party that controlled the 'coop.' Oar ooop waa m the rear of an engine* house on Oalvert street. It was part of the game to stupefy the prisoners with drugged liquor, Well, the next day we were voted at 31 different places, and over and over, it being as much as a man's life waa worth to rebel. Poe was so badly drugged that, after he was carried on two or three different rounds, the gang said It was no use to vote a dead man any longer. So they shoved him into a cab and sent him to a hospital to get him out of the way. The commonly accepted story that Poe died from the effects of dissipation is all bosh, It was nothing of the kind. He died from laudanum or some other poison that waa forced upoar.him m the coop* He was m a dying condition Ttben he was being voted round tfee^jity. The story told by Qriswold of ?Wn having beejj on a week's epree and being picked up on th street is false. I saw him shoved mt v the cab myself, he told me he had jus arrived m the city."

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HOW EDGAR POE DIED., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2124, 2 May 1889

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HOW EDGAR POE DIED. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2124, 2 May 1889