But the fizzer was filling the homestead with shoutings: "Don't apologise," he yelled.
Was it any wonder that we all found we had business at the homestead when the fizzer was due there?
And as no one had yet got the better of the fizzer the company gathered round to enjoy itself.
The fizzer is unlike every type of man excepting a bush mail-man.
"And will go hopelessly on the spree at the end of the trip," say uncharitable folk; but they do not know our fizzer.
"Like to see one of 'em doing it 'emselves," says the fizzer.
The fizzer was due at sundown, and at sundown a puff of dust rose on the track, and as a cry of "Mail oh!"
It took discrimination to fit the fizzer's remarks on to the right person.
"Told you he was a bally ass," the fizzer shouted in his delight, and promising Dan something later on, he lay down to rest.
But then supper came every night and the fizzer once in forty-two.
1660s, of imitative origin. Related: Fizzed; fizzing. The noun is recorded from 1812; meaning "effervescent drink" is from 1864.
A failure; fizzle: ''It was a big fizz,'' the ambassador said (1940s+)