A saving clause in a statute is an exception of a special thing out of the general things mentioned in the statute ; it is ordinarily a restriction in a repealing act, which is intended to save rights, pending proceedings, penalties, etc., from the annihilation which would result from an. unrestricted repeal. State v. St. Louis, 174 Mo. 125, 73 S. W. G23, 01 L. R. A. 593; Clark Thread Co. v. Kearney Tp., 55 N. J. Law, 50, 25 AU. 327.