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site side of the above mentioned vertical axis, as indi-
cated by dotted lines in Fig. 2. This movement of
the pivot post raises the front end of the gate suffi-
ciently high'to disengage the hook 6 from its keeper,
5 and, as the center of gravity has been changed by
this movement of the pivot bar, the gate will imme-
diately close, the latch finger 27 raising the latch ring
23 and - coining in contact with the latch ring 24.
The movement of the gate will be arrested, but,
10 owing to the inclination of the pivot bar 8, it will be
ready to continue its swing to the open position on
the opposite side as soon as the latch ring 24 is raised.
When approaching the gate from the right, with the
position of the pivot bar inclined as in Fig. 1, if the
15 cord 30- be first pulled, it will elevate the latch ring
24, but as the weight of the gate is against the latch
ring 23 because the pivot bar inclines to the right,
the gate remains closed; it will therefore be necessary
to first draw down the rope 17 and throw the pivot
20 bar to the opposite side, away from the person desir-
ing to enter before the gate can be opened. From
this it will readily be seen that it is impossible to
open the gate towards an approaching vehicle, but
must always be opened away from it.
25 It is to be understood that while the above descrip-
tion presents the invention in the best form known at
the present time, certain changes in construction and
arrangement of parts may be made without departing
from the spirit of the invention.
Having thus described the invention what is claimed 30
1. A swinging gate having a long pivot bar mounted in
a hearing at its lower end and free at Its upper end to
be tilted on said bearing out of a vertical plane, a hinge
post carrying said bearing, and a latch post, each post 35
extending above said gate, a cross bar connecting the
upper ends of said posts, a lever pivoted between its ends
to said cross bar and having an opening therein for the
upper end of said pivot bar, and means for swinging said
lever to change the poise of the gate. 40
2. A swinging gate having a long pivot bar mounted in
a hearing at its lower end and free at its upper end to be
tilted on said bearing out of a vertical plane, a hinge post
carrying said bearing, and a latch post, each post extend-
ing above said gate nearly to the top of the pivot bar, a 45
cross bar connecting the upper ends of said posts and hav-
ing a slot in one end, a lever pivoted between its ends to
the upper side of said cross bar and having an opening
for the upper end of the pivot bar which extends through
said slot, and means attached to the opposite end of the 50
lever and extending in different directions for swinging
said lever to change the poise of. the gate.
In testimony that I claim the foregoing as my own, I
have hereto affixed may signature in the presence of two
WILLIS HAMMELTON JORDAN.
1'. P. SHANNoN,
I. M. ABBoTT.
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Jordan, Willis Hammelton. Gate., patent, September 17, 1907; [Washington D.C.]. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth512241/m1/3/: accessed January 18, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.