The Bulletin article closes with a few stories obtained from unwary purchasers, the first from a Scranton, Pa. coal miner whose first visitor was a black bear.
The second is a brief mention of a Texan who arrived with a wagon full of furniture and farm implements for his dream home.
The last was from a Philadelphia doctor who purchased his "estate" as a summer home present for his wife. He produced a letter he received from a friend in Tuckerton who outlined the scam and mentioned that the fraudulent company was selling land throughout the United States. Unfortunately for Dr. Hunter, he received the letter after his purchase of the property.
Advertising of Appleby Estates property was not limited to the Philadelphia Bulletin. A history buddy, Paul Schopp, sent me Appleby ads from two other Pennsylvania newspapers, the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Harrisburg Patriot. The July, 1901 Inquirer ad references a Wall Street address while the December, 1901 Harrisburg ad refers to a Philadelphia address. This confirms that the firm did expand from New York to Pennsylvania as Dr. Hunter's friend stated in his letter.
Some of you out in the Blog-O-Sphere may think that the Appleby Estates saga is too outlandish to be true. To you I'd like to say that I've got some inside information on some cheap land up in the Jersey Pines where a very good friend of mine has found some golden nuggets in a small out of the way stream. Word of this has not leaked out yet but, when it does, that land will be worth a fortune. If you are interested in making an investment drop me a line here at the Blog.