"Another story tells of three theological students, traveling on their way to study in Athens. A wicked innkeeper robbed and murdered them, hiding their remains in a large pickling tub. It so happened that Bishop Nicholas, traveling along the same route, stopped at this very inn. In the night he dreamed of the crime, got up, and summoned the innkeeper. As Nicholas prayed earnestly to God the three boys were restored to life and wholeness. In France the story is told of three small children, wandering in their play until lost, lured, and captured by an evil butcher. St. Nicholas appears and appeals to God to return them to life and to their families. And so St. Nicholas is the patron and protector of children."
- from the excellent St Nicholas Centre.
This beautiful relief sculpture of St Nicholas raising the three children is in the Van Cutsem chapel in Downside Abbey. It was installed by Sir Ninian Comper sometime in 1917-31. 6 December is St Nicholas' day.