MIDLAND, Mich.-- July 18, 1995--Dow Corning
today announced a special charge of $351.1 million ($221.2 million after
        tax) to reflect a change in the company's accounting method for its
        contribution to a breast implant global settlement.  The charge will
        reduce second-quarter net income.


            In December 1993, the special charge taken by the company for a
        global settlement contribution over 30 years and related insurance
        recoveries was recorded on a present value, or discounted, basis.
        These amounts are now recorded at undiscounted values and reflect
        the entire $2 billion the company agreed to contribute to a global
        settlement offset by $1.2 billion in expected insurance recoveries.


            "We needed to make this adjustment because of the uncertainties
        arising from our May 15, 1995, filing for protection under Chapter
        11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code," said John W. Churchfield, vice
        president for planning and finance and chief financial officer.
        "The Chapter 11 filing, has introduced enough uncertainty into the
        situation that the amount and timing of settlement payments can no
        longer be reliably determined as required by accounting rules, so we
        abandoned the present- value treatment.  This action represents an
        accounting entry and has no impact on Dow Corning's cash position or
        the underlying value and financial strength of the company."


            Dow Corning Corp., a global leader in silicon-based materials,
        is a Michigan corporation with shares equally owned by The Dow
        Chemical Co. (NYSE: DOW) and Corning Inc. (NYSE: GLW).  More than
        half of Dow Corning's sales are outside the U.S.


        /CONTACT:  Scott Seeburger, 517-496-4078, or Barbara J. Muessig,
        517-496-8841, both of Dow Corning/
        (DOW GLW)




            WILMINGTON, Del.,--July 18, 1995--The
Columbia Gas System, Inc. (NYSE: CG)
today announced it has reached an agreement
        in principle resolving the class action lawsuits alleging securities
        laws violations that were filed in the U.S. District Court in
        Delaware following the Corporation's June 1991 announcement of a
        major charge against earnings and suspension of its common stock


            The lawsuits were filed against the Corporation, its independent
        public accountants, the underwriters for the Corporation's 1990
        common stock offering, and certain officers and directors of the
        Corporation and Columbia Gas Transmission Corporation by various
        security holders on behalf of a purported class of all such security


            Columbia's portion of the proposed $36.5 million settlement
        would be approximately $16.5 million.  The remainder would be shared
        among the insurance carrier for the directors and officer defendants
        and the other defendants to the litigation.


            New Columbia System Chairman and CEO Oliver G. Richard III said,
        "Columbia is not admitting any wrongdoing or liability and primarily
        agreed to the proposed settlement to avoid costly and time-consuming
        litigation and to facilitate its Chapter 11 reorganization process."


            The settlement would be subject to approval by the U.S. District
        Court in Delaware.  It is also conditioned upon confirmation of the
        Corporation's amended Chapter 11 reorganization plan by the U.S.
        Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.  The settlement would
        be implemented following the confirmation of the Corporation's
        reorganization plan.


            The Columbia Gas System, Inc. is one of the nation's largest
        natural gas holding companies.  Subsidiary companies are engaged in
        the exploration, production, purchase, storage, transmission and
        distribution of natural gas as well as other energy operations.  The
        parent company and its principal pipeline subsidiary have been
        operating as debtors-in-possession under Chapter 11 of the
        Bankruptcy Code since July 31, 1991.


        /CONTACT:  Media, W.R. McLaughlin, 302-429-5443, or H.W. Chaddock,
        302-429-5261, or Analysts, T.L. Hughes, 302-429-5363, or K.P.
        302-429-5471, all of Columbia Gas/



            GREENSBORO, N.C.,--July 18, 1995--Burlington Industries,
        Inc. (NYSE: BUR) today reported that it is a major creditor of HREF="chap11.plaid.html">Plaid Clothing Group Inc. which yesterday sought
protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.


            Burlington confirmed that the credit loss will impact June
        quarter operating results by approximately $.05 to $.06 per share.
        The ultimate impact will depend upon recoveries, if any, which
        result from Plaid's reorganization proceeding.


            George Henderson, Burlington president and chief executive
        officer, commented:  "We expect our June quarter operating results
        to be within the range of estimates of financial analysts, even with
        this development."


            Burlington Industries, Inc. is one of the largest and most
        diversified manufacturers of textile products in the world.


        /CONTACT:  (Press) Tom Daly of Kekst & Co., 212-593-2655, or Bryant
        Haskins of Burlington, 919-379-2512, or (Analysts) Jim Clippard of
        Burlington, 919-379-2727/