E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
The nickname of a Swiss is Colin Tampon (q.v.).
No money, no Swissi.e. no servant. The Swiss have ever been the mercenaries of Europewilling to serve anyone for pay. The same was said of the ancient Carians. In the hotels of Paris this notice is common: Demandez [or Parlez] au Suisse (Speak to the porter).