Certain claims of provable debts are specifically excepted by the bankrupt act from the operation of a discharge in bankruptcy. The fact that such an exception to the operation of the discharge is specifically made by statute does not show that the claim which is thus excepted is not a provable debt; and such exception does not exclude such a creditor from proving his claim and from sharing in the distribution of the bankrupt's estate.1 Indeed, if the claim were not in itself a provable claim, it would not be necessary to insert these specific exceptions. A number of specific exceptions are made, however, by the provisions of section 17 of the bankrupt act;2 and the scope and effect of these provisions must be considered separately.