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Cocoa shslls are the covering of the eeede of a tropical tree known as Theobrona Cacao, which belonge to the general order Buttoneriaceae. This tree may be found throughout the tropics, and is extensively cultivated for its seeds. These seeds are comraonly called cocoa beans, froa the kernel of which the cocoa and chocolate of commerce are manufactured. The seede ere ovate in shape, about the sise of an ordinary green kidney bean, and covered with a thin, red or grey-brown, friable shell or husk. Information procured from The Salter Baker Company by Professor V. P. Brooks of the Massachusetts Agricultural Experiment Station, regarding the annual product ion of shells in the United states give us some idea of the world product. Professor Brooke was informed that approximately 6, TOO tone were produced each year. Op to the present time most of these shells have been burned , or otherwise destroyed, ae they have been considered of little value. S< however, have been used as bedding and as food for cattle and sheep.