If one of two possible constructions will make a contract legal and another will make it illegal, the former is to be preferred.1 So a construction which will accord with public policy is to be preferred to one contrary thereto.2 As between two possible constructions one of which will make the contract usurious and the other of which will make it free from usury, the courts will prefer that construction which makes it free from usury.3 If from the wording of the contract any reasonable doubt as to its legality will arise, it will be presumed that the contract does not require improper personal influence to be exerted upon public officials,4 that the contract is not a gambling transaction,5 that the area of restraint from competition is so limited as to render the contract valid,6 and that the parties intend compliance with building requirements.7