31. Intention effectuated.

In dealing with words which are obscure and ambiguous, weight may be given to the consideration that it is better to effectuate than to destroy the intention1, which it is to be assumed was not meant to transgress the law2.

Thus, there may be a particular clause which on one construction appears to offend against the rule against perpetuities, but, if it is fairly capable of another construction which avoids that objection, the latter construction is preferred, especially if it is found to be in accordance with the general intention of the will3.

In construing an ambiguous clause which, read in