The Alex Maitland in the below newspaper clipping is my great-great grandfather. My dad's brother was 3 when his great grandfather died, and my dad not yet born. So no, never heard about this. I never heard anything from my grandfather about this either - and it happened 15 years before he was born. I presume they were too polite to ask.
"Mr. Alexander Maitland, brother of George Maitland, of this city, lost the first joint of the index finger of his right hand a few days since, in a corn-sheller, over in the state of Ray, where he resides."