A myth about a $500,000,000 estate allegedly left by Leopold Weissberger, Hungarian-born Jew, which resulted in not less than than 1,200 inquiries from namesakes all over the world, including the United States, was exploded today by the United States consul in Sydney, Australia, where Weissberger died.
According to information gathered by the consular official and conveyed to Joseph Protter, an attorney, of 15 Park Row, who represents American relatives of Weissberger, the deceased left an estate of about $25,000, and not $500,000,000.
The Jewish Telegraphic Agency offices have been flooded with inquiries from all corners of the globe concerning the identity of Weissberger, who died in Australia in 1888, leaving no relatives. So many Weissbergers in America and in other countries felt that they were legal heirs of the deceased that a great number of them went to the expense of employing lawyers to press their claims.
Weissberger was born in Hungary of a poor Jewish family.