I think it was an Agatha Christie or maybe Nero Wolfe.
Christie, on the other hand, in possession of later sources of information, and with more honest purpose, did much to rehabilitate him.
Long., an extent of half a million square miles, still remained a blank in the map. But the two expeditions of 1873, conducted by William Christie Gosse (1842-1881), afterwards deputy surveyorgeneral for South Australia, and Colonel (then Major) Egerton Warburton, made a beginning in the exploration of this terra incognita west of the central telegraph route.
Christie (1871), ii.
Christie, Ten Years in Manchuria (Paisley, 1895); F.