Nichols and the bare knuckle fighter


A gentleman supplies me with some very interesting particulars as to Mr. Charles Hamilton Nichols, one of the proprietors of “Bell’s Life” at the time of Professor Anderson’s conundrum prize-drawing.

Mr. Nichols was one of the sons of Isaac Nichols, first Postmaster of New South Wales, and another of whose sons was George Robert Nichols, solicitor and barrister. At least he had the privilege of practising before the Supreme Court when all other solicitors were barred that privilege, the others having to be heard by counsel.

Charles Hamilton Nichols of “Bell’s Life” stood six foot two inches and was big in proportion and well knew how to take his own part.

Mr. C.H. Nichols went once to report a bare knuckle fight and was disgusted at the science, etc. of both fighters, and said so in the next issue of “Bell’s Life”.

Next day the winner turned up and got into the comp’s room – a very large one – and kicked up a row about the report.

Mr. Nichols heard it and came out of his sanctum to know what it was all about and Pug said he wanted to know who wrote the article as he (the pug) wanted to punch the —–‘s head.

Mr. Nichols said he would be most happy to illustrate the correctness of the report by showing the pug, there and then in the comp’s room, that he couldn’t fight; and there and then in no time their coats were off – the comps at the frames as an audience – and at it they went.

Mr. Nichols in a very short time knocking the bumptious pug into smithereens.

Truth – Sunday 17th December 1911
“Old Sydney”

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