The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Idlehour (Propeller), 17 Jun 1896

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In marine circles there is a rumor that a syndicate of New York capitalists is negotiating with the White Line Excursion Co. for the purchase of the river steamers IDLE HOUR, RIVERSIDE and ISLAND BELLE, together with Buckhorn Island and the company's property at Elmwood Beach. M.C. Ebel, a prominent New York steamship agent, spent several days in this city last week consummatting the deal, and it is stated that all of the preliminaries have been arranged for the transfer, which will probably be made, should the syndicate agree to the terms by Mr. Ebel, as it is expected they will do. William J. Ziegele of the White Line would neither affirm or deny the report. Mr. Besser, the general passenger agent of the line, said that the amount involved was about $300,000, but he declined to tell the names of the men who composed the New York syndicate or the terms on which it is probable that the sale will be consummated. These details will be given out after the deal has been closed.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      June 17, 1896 3-1

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Idlehour (Propeller), 17 Jun 1896