"We are here to celebrate the fact that we have a free press in the United States," said Stephen Tillett, a pastor in Annapolis, just before the start of the Night Watch. "That we have a newspaper that has been doing business since 1727."
Some of those gathered were readers mourning the sudden loss of the journalists whose work they had read week after week.
"You feel like you know her," said Sandy Bartlett, 52.
Others were former newspaper contributors – reporters, photographers, and editors – from Washington and other cities reunited, They Never Expected [1
Instead, the editorial page was mostly left blank on Friday. "Today," he said, "we are speechless."
When the night watch calmed down, Mr. Furgurson, the reporter, walked through the crowd, knowing that he was still on duty. "I'm moving on to the police and robbers," he said. "An eventless evening so far."